People from across Staffordshire are being invited to celebrate and recognise the county’s informal carers as part of a national campaign.
The celebrations are part of National Carers Week which started on Monday (June 8) to recognise the contributions that millions of informal and unpaid carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year’s campaign, ‘Making carers visible’ will help raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and encourage them to access much-needed support.
As part of the annual campaign, people are also being reminded to nominate those amazing informal carers for a 2020 Staffordshire Dignity in Care Award. The countywide awards, now in their sixth year, recognise those who care for the most vulnerable with dignity and compassion. Nominations are now open and can be made at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/dignityincare
Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, pictured, said: “Staffordshire has thousands of informal carers making a real difference to people’s lives every day and this is a great opportunity to recognise the amazing work they do.
“The campaign will be brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations coming together online to share stories and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
“So, whether someone is providing informal care to a family member or relative or even a young carer taking care of a disabled family member, this is their week and our chance to say thanks.
“We are incredibly grateful for everything our informal carers do, especially in these challenging times as we face the Coronavirus pandemic. I would definitely urge people to take a few minutes this week to share some of their stories on social media. I’d also remind anyone who knows a great carer to get them nominated for a Staffordshire Dignity in Care award and get them the recognition they deserve.”