Carers Week 2024

Carers Week 2024, running from June 10th to 16th, carries a powerful theme: “Putting Carers on the Map.” This year, the focus is on recognising the millions of unpaid carers across the UK who dedicate themselves to supporting loved ones in need.

We all know someone who cares for a friend or family member – someone with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or addiction who relies on their unwavering support. These carers are the backbone of our communities, saving the UK economy an estimated £162 billion annually – the equivalent of a second NHS. Yet, despite their immense contribution, many carers feel invisible, their vital role often overlooked.

Carers Week 2024 is a crucial way to shine a light on these unsung heroes. It’s a time to raise awareness of the challenges they face, from financial strain and employment difficulties to the impact on their physical and mental health.

Carers Week 2024 with a Special Thank You

Carers Week 2024

As care providers we want to extend a special thank you to a specific group within the caring community: care assistants. These dedicated professionals play a vital role in supporting individuals and families across the UK. They provide essential care services in homes, hospitals, and care facilities, ensuring those in need receive the support and assistance they deserve.

Care assistants are often the first point of contact for many vulnerable people. They offer companionship, emotional support, and practical assistance with daily tasks, from bathing and dressing to medication management and meal preparation. Their work allows families to maintain a sense of normalcy and gives them peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in good hands.

The dedication and compassion of care assistants are truly remarkable. They work long hours, and face significant challenges, including emotional strain, physical exertion, and demanding schedules. Yet, they consistently go above and beyond, offering a human touch that makes a world of difference to those they serve.

This Carers Week 2024, let’s celebrate not only the invaluable contribution of unpaid carers but also the tireless efforts of care assistants. We need to ensure they have the resources and support they need to thrive in their roles. This includes fair pay, adequate training, and manageable workloads.

Show your appreciation

  • Thank a care assistant: If you know someone who works as a care assistant, take the time to express your gratitude. A simple “thank you” or a handwritten note can make a big difference.
  • Raise awareness: Talk to friends, family, and colleagues about Carers Week 2024 and the important role carers play in society. Share information and resources on social media.
  • Support carers’ charities: Donate to organisations that provide vital support and information to carers.
  • Advocate for change: Contact your local MP and let them know that you support policies that ensure all carers have access to the resources and support they need.

By recognising the challenges carers face and celebrating their invaluable contributions, we can create a more supportive environment for everyone involved. Let’s ensure carers across the UK, both paid and unpaid, feel valued, respected, and “on the map.


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