Carers UK estimate that since the start of the pandemic, staggeringly, an additional 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers. In total, that’s 26% of the population. So while carers’ groups, respite and day centres are suspended, Carers Week 2020 offers extra help for carers. There are also new ways to campaign for the unpaid, family carers that support the formal care and healthcare services. Read on for a summary of what’s on this week, more at carersweek.org too.

Carers Week 2020 at Carers UK

Carers UK are hosting live ‘themed’ Q&A sessions with their Helpline Advisers on the Carers UK Forum. There’s a helpful range of financial and practical topics to find out about and more to explore on the Forum too.

Mon 8 June, 11am-12.30pmCarer’s Allowance
Tues 9 June, 11am-12.30pmCare and support in the community
Wed 10 June, 11am-12.30pmDisability benefits (DLA / PIP / AA)
Fri 12 June, 11am-12.30pmMaximising income over state pension age

 

I’ve included the Monday one because you can still see the typed Q&As afterwards, even if you don’t make the live sessions.

To type a question on the Forum, you need to be a Carers UK member. Join for free here. For more financial help, click here.

Check-in calls

In response to the pandemic, Carers UK are offering ‘check-in’ phone calls to carer members who might need this support. If you’re feeling isolated, email their trained volunteers at volunteering@carersuk.org and ask for a call.

Carers Week 2020 tea breaks

Caring and shielding in lockdown is tough. It helps (a bit) to know you’re not alone. At least in virtual tea breaks your tea’s always how you like it, so why not give one a try. Here are three examples (know any more?). All full of friendly people willing to lend an ear and help.

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Carers UK are running ‘Care for a Cuppa’ virtual meet-ups daily this week and then weekly from next Monday afterwards. All at 3.30pm. Click here for more details and to book into a session.

Mobilise have been running their ‘Virtual Cuppas’ since lockdown, click here to book on one of their calls. Times available range from 12.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm.

Touchstone Support have replaced their fortnightly Leeds based South Asian Dementia Café on the first and third Thursday of every month from 1-3pm, with a ‘Telephone Drop-in’ at the same time. They answer questions and offer emotional support to café members. Details here.

Carers Week 2020 campaigning for carers

If the pandemic’s made you value all carers more, not just the blue light and paid carer heroes, Katy Styles would love your help. If you have the time, you can help her carers campaign here.

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You can also campaign by following #carersweek and #makingcaringvisible and retweeting, liking, sharing and following anything you agree with. It can help you feel more connected to others too.

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Katy’s Carers Week Poster @WeAreCarers

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If you’re caring for another, a little or a lot, do register your status with your GP and with your local social services. If you need specific help during the pandemic, please click here for more.