Carers’ Week 2010 research reveals many carers have ‘no life of their own’

Today marks the start of Carers’ Week 2010. Organised by a consortium of seven national charities, over 100,000 carers take part in the thousands of activities held in every part of the UK.

Carers’ Week highlights the issues and difficulties faced by those caring for an ill, frail or disabled loved one. According to research carried out in the lead-up to Carers’ Week, 76% of carers do not have a life outside of their caring role.

A large number of carers feel isolated and lonely, unable to take advantage of opportunities that many people take for granted. Three quarters of carers report that they have lost touch with family and friends, and they can no longer rely on others for support.

According to the Carers’ Week website, “Despite saving the UK economy £87 billion annually by relieving pressure on health and social services, carers are not being supported in the vital role they play for both their communities and society at large. Almost all carers questioned agreed a life of their own would be achievable if they received breaks, a decent income and were given support in times of crisis.”

Events will be held throughout the UK this week, and many carers living in the Vale of Glamorgan will be attending an information and pampering day on Tuesday 15th June. This event has been organised and funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council,  and will be held at Dyffryn Gardens near St Nicholas. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet representatives from many charities and other organisations who are able to offer them help and support. There will also be relaxation sessions, guided walks in the grounds, a buffet lunch and musical entertainment.

For more information about Carers’ Week, visit the website at http://www.carersweek.org

We would love to hear about your caring experiences. If you would like to share your thoughts and feelings about being a carer, please leave your comments below.