Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough is pledging her support to carers across Slough as part of the national awareness campaign Carers Week, which runs from June 9 to 15.
“Carers are under pressure, they devote their energy to the people they care for and often do not have enough energy, time or money to make sure they look after themselves. They need a strong voice,that is why I have pledged to speak up for them in parliament. I am already doing this on the Older Women’s Commission, where we are trying to ensure that people who have to take time off work to care have a right to a period of paid leave while they are sorting things out.” Said Fiona
One in eight adults are carers, but the very nature of caring - of being there for a loved one facing ill health or disability - means too often people don’t identify themselves as carers and, therefore, miss out on support.
Without the right help and support, caring can have a serious impact on their physical and emotional health, work and finances.
Carers Week Quest 2014 is calling on individuals and organisations across the UK - including community groups, GPs, health and social care professionals, employers - to connect with families in their local communities who are providing care.
To show her support for local carers, Fiona met with the Carers Week supporter charities in Parliament – including Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK.
Fiona said: “Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do, which economists say is worth £119 billion.”
A spokesperson for Carers Week said: “By individuals and organisations working together during Carers Week we have a huge opportunity to help thousands of carers and get them support which can mean the difference between coping and crisis.”
Events will be taking place across the UK during Carers Week in June, to provide carers with advice, information and support with caring. To find out more about events in Slough visit www.carersweek.org.