Cumbria County Council is supporting this year’s Carers Week (18 to 24 June) to recognise the contribution made by people in the county who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
Carers Week offers the opportunity to highlight, celebrate and recognise the achievements of carers, and the contribution they make in every community throughout the county.
It runs every year and with support from the county council many local organisations are already involved.
The theme this year is ‘in sickness and in health’ and in the next few weeks details will be announced about events happening in Cumbria.
It’s estimated that 10 per cent of the total population are carers, equivalent to nearly six million people in the UK. The work they carry out is vital for their families and friends, as well as for their communities.
Cllr James Airey, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: “The work they do is invaluable, supporting some of our most vulnerable residents.
“We have a strong sense of community spirit across Cumbria and this is due in no small part to the enormous contribution carers make to our county and it’s vital as a county council that we continue to support their work however we can.
“I hope that Carers Week can again help to achieve change and make a real difference to the lives of carers in this county.”
To find out more about Carers Week visit http://carersweek.org/
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