People urged to offer support county's carers

CARERS WEEK: Carer Ashleigh Joechim, Councillor Clare Wood, carer June Briggs, Andrea Hobbs, chief executive of the Carers Centre, and Patrick Duffy, health and adult services manager at North Yorkshire County Council

CARERS WEEK: Carer Ashleigh Joechim, Councillor Clare Wood, carer June Briggs, Andrea Hobbs, chief executive of the Carers Centre, and Patrick Duffy, health and adult services manager at North Yorkshire County Council

First published in News

A CAMPAIGN to reach out to thousands of carers who offer unpaid but vital support to friends and loved ones has won the backing of North Yorkshire County Council.

Across the county it is estimated there are more than 60,000 carers and nationally it is reckoned they save the economy £119 billion a year.

And Carers Week, which begins today (June 9) and runs until June 15, celebrates their work and aims to raise awareness to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for.

This year the idea to reach out to carers, particularly those who don’t identify themselves as carers, but simply as a wife, husband, son, daughter, mum, dad or other family member helping a loved one.

And people are being encouraged to sign a “Pledge Wall” on the Carers UK website - carersweek.org/carers-week-quest - to say what they will do to support carers.

The county’s executive member or health and adult services, Clare Wood, said: “Carers perform vital work looking after their loved ones – family and friends – but their work often goes unnoticed and they can so easily become isolated, and their quality of life and their own health can deteriorate because of their responsibilities.

“We have to make sure that they too are supported to continue this work.”

Various events are being held around the county as part of Carers Week and details can be found at northyorks.gov.uk/media/28205/Carers-Week-activities-in-North-Yorkshire/pdf/Carers_week_activities.pdf

To find out more about how the county already supports carers, or for advice, visit northyorks.gov.uk/carers or call 08458 727374.

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9:31am Tue 10 Jun 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

To all the unsung heroes out there who care for loved ones,friends etc.
I wish you all my deepest respect on the fantastic work Carers do 24/7 without much help or support. Carers save Governments £127 billion pounds a year and get very little or no reward for doing it. I only wish in the future that some government give Carers the respect they deserve instead of taking them for granted. Love and best wishes to you all.
To all the unsung heroes out there who care for loved ones,friends etc. I wish you all my deepest respect on the fantastic work Carers do 24/7 without much help or support. Carers save Governments £127 billion pounds a year and get very little or no reward for doing it. I only wish in the future that some government give Carers the respect they deserve instead of taking them for granted. Love and best wishes to you all. Ron Carter-Bonsteel
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