This week, Carers Week 2015 takes place throughout the UK. The campaign, which is run annually, raises awareness of different elements of caring and focuses on a different theme each year. This week the focus is on building Carer Friendly Communities in a bid to support carers who work in communities all over the country. The campaign also heightens awareness around the daily challenges carers face and acknowledges the contribution they make towards improving the quality of life for those they look after.

Who is involved?

Carers Week involves a number of individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those who need support and care. Each year they organise a number of events and activities to spread the key messages associated with carer’s week.


Can I Get Involved?

You don’t have to be a carer to get involved with carer’s week. If you have an interest in the care sector or would just like more information, you can find out how you can make a difference in your community in many ways.


Here are some suggestions, offered by Carers Week:


  • Send care information to family and friends through social media platforms, which encourage them to support Carers Week, by pledging, tweeting and sharing things on Facebook.
  • If you have any friends or family members who are carers, make sure they have all the information and advice they need by pointing them in the right direction.
  • Ask your workplace to support Carer’s Week by displaying posters, or by circulating information digitally.


What Carers Week activities are taking place in Richmond?


Today, the Carer’s Conference 2015 is taking place, organised by Richmond Carer’s Centre to provide carers with the opportunity to discuss their expectations, ask any questions and gather information on how the new Care Act will affect the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.


Tomorrow, Carers in MIND in Richmond have a Carers Week Bag Pack event on the 11 June at Sainsbury’s in Richmond Road to raise awareness of Richmond Borough Mind by way of an information stall available from 10.30am-3pm. If you would like to help out or join the team for the day, you can email:[email protected] or call 07557 669143.