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Date: 18 October 2019
GPs in Barking and Dagenham are celebrating the vital work of the borough’s carers – and backing a national call to ensure they are looked after themselves.
Caring is often one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. Although it can be very rewarding, caring without the right support or information is very tough, so it is important to let carers know they are not alone.
During this year’s Carers’ Week (10-16 June), the focus is therefore on getting carers connected, with the aim of helping them share the load and managing their own wellbeing.
Carers UK, which leads the national awareness campaign, has identified several areas of connectivity that must be improved. The charity says carers should be:
Dr Jagan John, a local GP and Chair of NHS Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“Carers help those they look after every single day in an immeasurable number of ways. We must ensure that they are looked after in turn.
“The theme of this year’s Carers Week is getting carers connected – something that is vital to ensure their own wellbeing while caring for others.
“Caring can sometimes be a lonely or difficult role, and having other carers as part of a support network can provide vital help when people need it the most.
“But getting connected goes beyond just this; it’s also about connecting with local services, advice, technology and friends and family. All of this matters as part of a broad network of support for our carers.”
You don’t have to be a carer to support the campaign. You can pledge your support online, host an event raising money and awareness, and spread the word both online and in person.
For more information, visit the Carers Week website and download their free resource pack.