NHS Kingston

Recognizing Kingston’s Carers

Recognizing Kingston’s Carers
12 June 2017

12th to 18th of June

 

Carers Week is all about reminding people of the tireless dedication of carers and the positive impact of their thankless work. GP’s in Kingston are encouraging locals to spare a thought for carers in the community.

The focus of this year’s Carer’s Week is Building Carer Friendly Communities. This is to stress the importance of recognising carers within our society and giving them the support they need as individuals to do the work they do.

Dr. Naz Jivani local GP and CCG Clinical Chair said: “Three in four carers report feeling undervalued or misunderstood in their communities. This is of particular concern considering that a similar proportion of the general population are likely to take on the role of carer at some point in their lives.”

“The stress and strain associated with these responsibilities on individuals is worthy of broader appreciation and greater understanding.”

There are 6.5 million carers in the UK today, with one in eight of them providing unpaid care to the older, disabled and seriously ill in our communities. Many carers are young themselves, having to balance taking care of loved ones with their families and job at the same time. 

Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, MND Association and Which Elderly Care have all come together to make Carers Week a reality this year. To take part in Carers Week you can make a pledge, order a range of campaign materials or take part in or arrange your own events throughout the week.

 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, Guildhall, Kingston, KT1 1EU
Tel: 020 8339 8000
Email: kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk

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