Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face. This year we are coming together to Make Caring Visible and Valued.

This Carers Week, we're supporting the campaign to provide better breaks for unpaid carers.

Imagine being on call all the time: on duty, never getting a night's sleep, no time to yourself or to relax with family and friends. This has been the reality for many carers, who've made do with far less support during the past year than they'd previously received.

We are joining many others to call on the government to increase funding for carers' breaks.

To join us in taking part, please sign the petition below.

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Our Trustee, Simon Wilson, explains why Carers Week is so important:

'Being a carer to someone is such an important role to have because you are enabling someone to live their life.

'Most people think of a carer as someone who just helps people with their basic needs, and ensure they have all they need to live a basic life. Some people even look down on carers as having an easy job; this couldn't be further from the truth. Everybody has goals and dreams, but some people need a little bit of extra help in achieving them. A carer's role is to help somebody to fulfil their ambitions and to live as independently as possible.

'Stepping into someone else's shoes and seeing things from another person's perspective is a difficult skill to master, yet carers do this every single day as a matter of course.'

Find out more about Carers Week, see what activities are taking place near you.

You can help us to create a fair society where everyone can participate and fulfil their potential. With your support, we can make a massive difference to carers and those they support.

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