Local NHS celebrates outstanding role of carers during National Carers Week 2020
8th June 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Carers
The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) is celebrating the role of carers as part of National Carers Week (8-14 June 2020), particularly for their outstanding contribution during the coronavirus pandemic. Research by Carers UK shows that 70% of unpaid carers are providing more care for loved ones during the lockdown period.
This year’s theme for the national awareness initiative is ‘Make Caring Visible’ and the week will highlight the important work of carers in the community. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) are supporting this important campaign.
Andy Williams, Chief Executive for LLR CCGs said: “Unpaid carers continue to play an essential role in our communities and more so, during the Covid-19 outbreak. They have been working on the frontline looking after some of our most vulnerable individuals and protecting the NHS. Looking after vulnerable people is something that should be valued more than ever during these challenging times.
“Caring is extremely rewarding, but our carers also need to be supported as they can often feel lonely, anxious and overwhelmed. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information and advice that will help them.
“By signposting to the right services, carers can arrange a break from caring, obtain the equipment they need and also access wellbeing services. We’re proud to be playing our part in making carers more visible in LLR.
“I would like to thank all of our carers for their tremendous efforts. We value their contributions and ask them to continue doing the great work they’re doing.”
The onset of the coronavirus outbreak means that this year, people across LLR are continuing to face new challenges. Many are taking on more responsibilities than usual, looking after their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. Anyone wanting to register as a carer can do so by getting in contact with their GP surgery.
The theme of this year’s Carers Week is to Make Caring Visible www.carersweek.org/about-us. There are approximately 110,000 carers in LLR and more than 6.5 million carers in the UK. There is also a 50:50 chance that any one of us will become a carer by the time we are 50 years old. Carers Week involves thousands of individuals and organisations coming together to provide support for carers, run activities and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities. Find out how you can get involved at www.carersweek.org/get-involved.
Support for carers
Leicester City Council My Choice
LAMP are operating a weekly virtual group for carers of people with mental health difficulties every Wednesday at 11am. There is a phone support service available too. Contact Rowena Bland on 01162556286 for further details.
Age UK Support for carers who live in Leicester City is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm: Carers Support Line 0116 2220538 or 07875059625 9am-5pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Good Sam app, where people can request help
National guidance DURING covid-19
DHSC: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care