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Ready for Carers Week 2011

Carers Week 2011 will be the largest awareness raising week in the UK and it begins on Monday 13th June. Over 1500 organisations including Carers’ Centres and Crossroads Care schemes, other charities, local councils, GP surgeries, hospitals and private sector companies will be holding events throughout the week.

My week begins with an event with MPs and carers on Monday, which will be something akin tcarers weeko speed dating. Numerous carers will be sat at various tables and MPs will come in and speak to each one, moving around the tables giving them a chance to hear and discuss what it’s like to be a carer.

The aim is to show MPs the range of people that caring can affect and the different issues involved. So there will be young carers there, older carers, carers who combine work and care, people who care for people who have mental health problems, or learning disabilities, or physical disabilities. I’ll blog on Monday night to let you know how it goes.

On Wednesday, Sheila Gilmore MP is holding a debate in Parliament on carers and the effects of spending cuts on them and there will also be a reception for carers at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister, David Cameron MP. We will have a guest blogger reporting back on that one.

Fast forwarding to Sunday 19th June, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers will be featured on the BBC Lifeline Appeal on BBC One at 4.55pm. Do tune in and tell friends and family about it – we hope it will raise the profile of carers and also where carers can get help.

You can find out what events are happening in your local area at the Carers Week website and do post comments letting us know if you are involved in holding events for Carers Week. If you are, good luck!

Take care

Gordon

PS: Carers need continued support. Don’t forget to tune-in to BBC Lifeline’s appeal for carers on BBC One on June 19th at 4:45 pm (if you are in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and 5:15 (if in Scotland). Please do spread the word.

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June 10, 2011 - Posted by | Carers Week 2009, Mental Health, Young carers | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This all sounds very cosy but what good does it do when the very same primeminister and mp,s are cutting services and support to the DISABLED CARERS and the most VULNERABLE.

    SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY WILL NOT HELP CARERS NOR ME HOW ABOUT YOU ASK THEM TO GIVE SOME OF THERE HIGH WAGES AND PERKS

    CARERS WEEK IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR CARERS NOT FOR MP,S

    AS FOR DEBATING WITH CARERS HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO REPEAT THE SAME INFORMATION TO THESE PEOPLE BEFORE THAT DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE DISABLED AND CARERS

    THESE EVENTS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | June 12, 2011 | Reply


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