This week is Carers Week and we think that all carers should be appreciated for their hard work and effort. And what better way to thank your carer than by organising them something special or getting them the recognition they deserve? In this blog post, we have just the right advice on how to show carers everywhere your appreciation, plus some handy tips if you’re a carer yourself.
Carers Week features various ways in which you can get involved in helping raise awareness for carers. This link suggests how employers can help those who work and act as carers by introducing flexible working policies and ensuring that employees who are also carers have consistent information on their rights. Approximately 1 in 9 of employees will be carers and this should be taken note of when hiring a carer, to allow them to juggle their workload with their caring responsibilities.
They also have a range of different events across the UK for carers, which includes events like coffee mornings or afternoon teas, social events or information sources. Carers Week website provides an interactive map which allows you to find an event close to you and, with 648 registered events across the UK, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect event near you. It’s a great way for carers to meet other carers and make new friends with people who have similar experiences to you.
Carers UK also has a wealth of information on their website along with a link which allows you to “pledge” your support for carers on this Carers Week on the 12th June. This means that your pledge can be viewed on the pledge page along with those of organisations, politicians and other carers, to inspire and show others what a carer means to you. Carers Week currently has over 4000 pledges, and yours could be next up there!
You can also recommend an organisation, service or business who you think should be recognised for their kind actions. The process is quick and simple; all you need is your details and the details of the organisation that deserve to be awarded. This not only boosts the profile of the caring organisation, but it also allows you to show your support for them which in turn inspires them to work harder to help people who require it.