As we come to the end of Carers Week, we spoke to one of our customers about why we should all support better breaks for unpaid carers.

Loneliness is something many will recognise as they are struggling to lend support to those who need care. Whether you provide regular support to elderly parents so that they can remain independent, or you care for a different family member or friend jut ‘helping out’, you’ll be well aware of the difficulties that you can face in balancing and managing your caring commitments alongside the rest of your life.   

Due in large part to the unique year we’ve all had living through the Covid-19 pandemic, many more people have taken on caring responsibilities without even acknowledging to themselves that’s what they’re doing. In many cases, unpaid carers don’t ever receive any respite from what they do, they don’t get to take a break, and they don’t have time to take care of themselves.

This Carers Week, it’s really important that we ensure that what carers do across the country is visible and valued. This week should be a time for us all to come together and celebrate everything that carers do in supporting their loved ones, but we must also make sure that they’re not forgotten as soon as the week is over. For us it’s a nice week to celebrate, but for carers, their responsibilities continue 24/7. They deserve the best from us year round.

Our carers deserve better breaks. More than ever, the importance of a break from routine is essential for all of us. Services are getting better, and options are improving, but there is still a long way to go. I’m calling on the government to fund better breaks for unpaid carers, and I urge you all to do the same.

To read more about Carers Week, and to support the campaign for better breaks for unpaid carers, click here.