A new report by Carers UK has found that the number of people providing unpaid care across the UK is increasing rapidly and has grown to a potential 8.8 million. This means that 1 in 6 adults are now providing unpaid care. As a result of their caring responsibilities they are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public, new figures suggest.
Not having enough time, or money, to participate in leisure activities, as well as the stigma of being a carer, means one in three unpaid carers (35 per cent) are always or often lonely, compared with just one in twenty (five per cent) of the general population.
Carers Choices have been supporting Carers since 1981 and provide a range of services including Respite in the Home, specialist dementia day care at their Silver Birch Centres, the Rainbow Day Centre for adults with disabilities, skills and employability support through the Building Better Opportunities programme and Young Carers support for those aged 7-18 years.
On Saturday 15th June we held a Family Fun Day to mark Carers Week 2019 and raise awareness of the services we provide for Carers. As well as information there was lots of fun, games and stalls for everyone to enjoy.
Michaela White, Operations Manager, said “Carers are completely selfless in the support they provide to their loved ones so it is vital they receive support and get some time for themselves. They are giving expert care 24/7 and it puts them under huge strain. Our services allow Carers of all ages to have a break from their caring responsibilities and an opportunity to focus on themselves.”
If anyone would like more information about the services provided by Carers Choices visit www.carerschoices.org or call 01268 881130.