First Community Health and Care has pledged to support carer colleagues and patients to ensure they know how to access any information or support they need.
The public pledge was made to mark the start of Carers Week 2021, which takes place from 7 to 13 June. The annual, national campaign to raise awareness of caring, aims to highlight the challenge unpaid carers face and to recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK.
Aligning with the theme of this year’s awareness raising campaign, First Community’s commitment to supporting carers has also seen the organisation promise to make caring visible and valued.
Su Ryan, Associate Director of Scheduled Care, said: “At First Community we recognise the significant impact caring responsibilities can have on a person, which is why we’ve pledged our support this Carers Week, to both our patients and staff.
“With so many people struggling to think of themselves as a carer – 65 percent of those with caring responsibility don’t identify themselves as a carer in the first year of caring – it’s really important we ensure those who want or need additional information, services or support to help with their caring role know where to go to access this.”
For more information on Carers Week and the support available to those with caring responsibilities, visit https://www.carersweek.org/https://www.carersweek.org/