Carers Week: 8 to 14 June 2020

News | Posted on Monday 8 June 2020

There are six and a half million people in the UK who will be carers, and one in seven of these will also be an employee.

Caring is something that will affect each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer, or need care ourselves.

Carers Week raises awareness of caring, highlights the challenges that unpaid carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The focus for Carers Week 2020 is Making Caring Visible. Caring can be a rich source of satisfaction, but can also have a negative impact on someone's health, career, finances and relationships.

If you are caring for someone, it is important that you also look after yourself. This is particularly important at the moment when some carers are increasing the amount of unpaid care they provide during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the moment, due to the pandemic, carers are under additional stress, have the additional worry of how to keep themselves and the person they care for safe, and face the potential of reduced access to support. During this time, carers need support from friends, family and other online networks. 

Ways to support members of staff and students who are carers

Sources of information

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
equality@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324680
@EqualityatYork

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Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
equality@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324680
@EqualityatYork

Related links

Support for students

Support for staff