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Which? Elderly Care is working in collaboration with Carers UK to promote Carers Week in 2018, running from Monday 11 June to Sunday 17 June. Read on to find out more about Carers Week, how we’re getting involved and how you can take part.

On this page you will find information on:

What is Carers Week?
Carers Week on social media
More information for carers
Who are the partner organisations for Carers Week?

What is Carers Week?

Carers Week is an annual campaign focused on caring in the community and this year's theme is supporting carers to be healthy and connected.

All parts of our communities have a part to play in connecting carers and helping them get the support they need to care without putting off their own health needs or losing important relationships with others. This could include an employer creating Carer Friendly policies by listening to the experiences of their workforce, a GP practice offering an annual health check or alternative appointment times to carers - or a leisure centre offering special deals for carers.

  • 7 in 10 carers (69%) say they find it difficult to get a good night's sleep because of their caring role.
  • 3 in 5 carers have a long-term health condition: this compares with half of non-carers.
  • 8 in 10 carers say they have felt lonely or isolated as a result of their caring role.

We need to work together to create carer friendly communities that support carers' health and wellbeing. Carers Week and all the partner organisations are committed to making this happen.

Carers Week on social media

It’s a well-known phrase: sharing is caring! Spreading the word about carers and the great work they do on social media is a crucial aspect of Carers Week. Every like, comment and share helps magnify this important message.

You can get visit the official Carers Week pages on Facebook and Twitter, and get involved in the conversation by using the hashtag #carersweek2018.

Also don’t forget to check out the Which? Facebook and Twitter accounts to catch our posts throughout Carers Week.

On Tuesday 12 June, the Which? Facebook page will be hosting a live ask the expert Q&A session at 7pm with Emily Holzenhausen, the policy director at Carers UK. You can watch it live or after the event, if you're not free then.

More information for carers' health and wellbeing on Which? Elderly Care

  • Advice for carers: sometimes as a carer, you might need a little support and advice to help you through an emotionally draining time. Check out our comprehensive advice for carers section, with guides covering a wide range of issues. With this years Carers Week theme of staying healthy and connected in mind, read our articles in Being a carer.
  • Carer’s assessment: the carer's assessment gives unpaid carers the opportunity to receive support either as part of the needs assessment of your relative or according to your own needs. Discover whether you might be eligible, how to get a carer’s assessment and more with our carer’s assessment guide.
  • Your relative’s needs:  we explain how to deal with common concerns and worries that you may have, with advice on providing physical, emotional and psychological support for your relative.
  • Care services directory: use our searchable directory to find local support groups and home care agencies.

Who is supporting Carers Week?

One of the other great things about Carers Week is how it brings together organisations to amplify the message about carers needs.

These charitable organisations are working together with Carers UK to support Carers Week in 2018: 

Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK, the driving force behind this annual campaign.  They are the only national membership charity for carers in the UK and are committed to making life better for carers through advice, information, support and campaigning.

Check out their Help & Advice section full of handy, printer-friendly guides covering benefits, assessments, getting help, health, work and technology.