What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual event to raise awareness of unpaid carers. It is a chance to celebrate the amazing work that carers are doing across the UK, but also to highlight the issues that carers are facing. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we’re coming together to help make caring visible and valued. The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.
When is Carers Week?
Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre are proud to be supporting Carers Week 2021, championing carers across Wigan and the wider communities, celebrating their amazing work and calling for them to receive more support. Save the date for this year’s Carers Week, which is taking place from 7 –13 June.
Come and celebrate Carers Week with Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful contributions made by all of our young and adult carers in Wigan.
How can I get involved in the Carers Week events organised by Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre?
We have a full day of fantastic events, activities and workshops on Wednesday 9th June, to be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Leigh.
For a full timetable of events see here.
Please note, booking for all events is essential.
Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre are working with a wide range of charities and partners to recognise and celebrate the important contribution made by Wigan’s estimated 36,000 carers. Throughout the week we will also be bringing you useful carer related information, Tech Mates Tea Parties, fun activities and our weekly
coffee and chat session. You can keep up to date with all the Carers Week celebrations, information and announcements by checking our social media channels and in our email communications. We look forward to seeing you there!
From sharing information with a struggling friend, to holding a virtual information event in your workplace, there are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week, including:
• Add your voice to the Carers Week website and show your support: click here.
• Ask your employer to pledge their support on the Carers Week website: click here.
• Help promote Carers Week on social media with #CarersWeek.
• Encourage your organisation to display posters/information at work or on the staff intranet, about both Carers Week and Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre.