Did you know that six thousand people become carers every day in the UK? Today is Carers Rights Day, it is championed by the charity, Carers UK.
They say that carers can find themselves facing debt, financial hardship, stress and relationship breakdown. They aim to support people with the right advice and information, at the right time.
Carers UK published a report this morning, which shows that Ealing has the fourth highest number of carers and the fourth highest number of people to begin caring every year, of the outer London boroughs.
“I have enormous respect for carers. My mum receives adult social care and help from the dementia services in Ealing. While my father, who passed away this September, was in a local care home for his final few years.
I fully support Carers Rights Day and believe recognition is due to carers both locally and nationally, many of whom, as family members, do not even realise they are doing this vitally important role.”
The Ealing Carers' Centre is a local charity which offers advice and support for the borough's 30 thousand unpaid carers. They offer free independent advice about benefits, as well as drop in sessions, free counselling and a number of holistic therapies and exercise sessions.
Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, said:
“Too often carers don’t come forward for help or get any breaks because they simply don’t know they are entitled to them. Many don’t even see themselves as being a carer – they’re just a son, daughter, husband or wife trying to look after the person they love.
“It’s not right that people who do so much get so little in return. That's why Labour is calling for a new duty on the NHS to identify carers, so they can get the information and support they deserve.”