6 â€“ 12 June 2016
Carers week is an annual event, which aims to highlight and raise awareness of carers and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities.
There are 750,000 carers in Scotland (6.5 million across the UK) providing unpaid care and support to family and friends, doing anything from assisting with shopping to providing very complex care 24 hours a day.
Carers often do not see themselves as carers but see caring as being a good friend, neighbour, partner or parent. They are often isolated, struggle to hold down employment and due to their caring role often do not look after themselves, sometimes resulting in health issues of their own.
Three out of five of us will provide unpaid care at some point in our lives and many people struggle to get support, help and advice when they need it.
Help build carer friendly communities
This yearâ€™s campaign is all about building carer friendly communities. You can get involved by recommending carer friendly organisations, services and employers at www.carersweek.org where you can get involved by:
- pledging your support
- planning your own carer aware activities
- inviting other organisations to become carer friendly.
You can also recommend organisations, services and employers who are already carer friendly and invite other organisations to use the online checklist to commit to becoming carer friendly.
EPiC elearning resources
You can learn more about carers and the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) elearning resources at www.sssc.uk.com/workforce-development/our-current-work/carers
We developed these three learning modules to support the skills and knowledge the workforce need to support their work with carers in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES).