This year, Carers Week runs from 12th – 18th of June. I am also very keen to support Carers Week – an important time to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year, the focus is on building Carer Friendly Communities which supports carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising they also have their own needs as individuals. There are at least 759,000 carers aged 16 and over in Scotland and 29,000 young carers, and the value of care provided by carers in Scotland is £10,347,400,000 a year.
Throughout my time as a MSP, I have been very passionate about carers, their rights and support that is available to them. As I was a young carer myself, I know the stress that young carers can go through, and how difficult it can be to remember to look after yourself too. Over 3 million people juggle care with work, school and many other things, however, due to the high demand of being a carer, 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work and school altogether to look after their loved one.
I will continue to work with young carers to ensure that they are heard and supported. I look forward to getting involved, and I encourage you to see how you can help make your community more carer friendly. Learn more or get involved on the website here.