Unpaid Carers' Conference

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is running a free conference from noon to 6pm on Thursday, 13 June at Repton Connect Community Centre in Ashford. 

The conference will bring together expert speakers, specialist organisations, and carers, to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and help them access support. People can have a free on-the-spot health check on a public health bus between noon to 4pm. 

People can reserve a place via the online booking form.

The conference is happening during Carers Week

 

WHAT IS CARERS WEEK?

Carers Week is a yearly campaign that aims to highlight the challenges faced by carers, and recognise the outstanding contribution that unpaid carers make to their families, friends and communities up and down the UK.

Anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a mental or physical illness, a disability, an addiction, or requires additional support as they age, is a carer. Caring responsibilities can have a huge impact on the carer’s life, both day-to-day and long term, affecting relationships, health, finances, school and work. In some cases, the individuals involved might be unaware they’ve become a carer as the transition from short-term help to long-term care can sometimes be subtle. Therefore, another aim of Carers Week is to help people recognise if they’ve become an unpaid carer, signpost what help might be available, and encourage them to reach out for help when they need it.

What is the Theme of Carers Week 2024?

Every year Carers Week has a different theme. The theme for Carers Week 2024 is ‘Putting Carers on the Map’.

The aim of this year’s Carers Week is to highlight the increasing pressure on unpaid carers and to campaign for their recognition and support.

A survey by Carers UK found that for 82% of carers, the impact of caring on their physical and mental health would be a challenge over the coming year, and for nearly 60%, being valued as a carer would improve their well-being.

At Carers Worldwide, the work we do supporting our charity partners in Nepal, India and Bangladesh to include carers into their programmes, strives to ensure that carers are acknowledged and seen, by their families, communities and society, that the care they give is recognised and, in particular, that there is support that they can access as and when required. Everything we do has the aim of making sure that unpaid carers are put firmly on the map.

Published: Jun 7, 2024