Our local carers in Carshalton and Wallington do an amazing job, often with little to no fanfare or praise. That’s why I was so pleased to celebrate Carers’ Week this week. This year’s theme was ‘Making caring visible, valued and supported’, and I think it really goes to the heart of how we need to support our carers.
As I say, many carers - both paid and unpaid – aren’t in the role for a pat on the back, or for validation or recognition. But that’s the least they deserve. They are unsung heroes.
Over the last two years, millions of carers across the country have gone to great lengths to look after and protect their loved ones. This has left many of them feeling burnt out and worried about the future. In fact, two thirds of carers state that they’ve not had a break since the start of the pandemic.
This shows that there is much more to do to acknowledge the role that our carers play in our community, as well as the correct support. too. And the forecasts couldn’t be starker. Figures suggest that 65% of all adults in the UK will go on to provide unpaid care to a loved one.
To mark Carers’ Week, you can watch the video I recorded below to thank carers across Carshalton and Wallington, underlining my commitment to ensure that they get the recognition and support they need.