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.
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-12.30pm||Carer’s Allowance|
|Tues 9 June, 11am-12.30pm||Care and support in the community|
|Wed 10 June, 11am-12.30pm||Disability benefits (DLA / PIP / AA)|
|Fri 12 June, 11am-12.30pm||Maximising 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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.