June 3rd, 2013
Surrey’s 1.1 million residents are being encouraged to think about how they would cope if they become carers, during National Carers Week, 10 – 16 June 2013.
Themed “Prepared to Care?” this year National Carers Week also aims to encourage existing carers to acknowledge their role and access the support,
advice and information they need.
In Surrey there are an estimated 108,000 adult and 14,000 young (under 18 yrs) carers, but Action for Carers Surrey, which lobbies on behalf of carers’ rights,
believes there could be many more who remain unaccounted for.
“People often look after friends or family instinctively out of love or duty and are unaware that they have become a Carer, entitled to support in their own right.
It is often some time before they understand that they are part of a recognised group and that help is available to them,” explained Jane Thornton, CEO of Action for
“Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly. With an ageing population and higher
incidence of disability and serious illness, many more people will become carers and it pays to think ahead.”
During Carers Week a range of activities and information events will take place around the county. See Carers Week 2013.