It’s Carers Week in the UK – a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness, recognise carers and help provide resources for people in a caring role.
In the UK, 1 in 8 adults are currently providing unpaid care to a friend or loved one – 2 million people each year take on a caring role.
Although it’s incredibly common, most people don’t believe they will take on a role of carer in the future.
In reality, one in five people aged 50 to 64 are carers, and in the last ten years, there has been a 35% increase in carers aged over 65.
Unpaid care is in many ways an invisible support system – the unpaid care provided by the UK’s carers is worth £132 billion a year.
Carers Week is all about recognising carers and raising awareness to help provide better support to people in that role.