Carers Week 201811/06/18
Carers Week 11-17th June 2018 is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.
Councillor Ken Lynn, chair of the Integration Joint Board of the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“Carers Week raises our awareness of unpaid carers who contribute an immeasurable amount to the people they support in our local communities.
“This year we are looking at the ways we can support carers to stay Healthy and Connected.
“We know that across the UK around one in ten of the population are carers and recent research shows that 81% of carers felt ‘lonely or isolated’.
“Carers suffer worse health than the general public. Those people providing 50 hours or more a week of care are more than twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers.
“The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 introduced new rights for carers and new duties for local authorities and Health Boards. Unless carers are able to recognise that they have a caring role and responsibilities they will not be in a position to claim these rights.
“We need Dundee citizens to think about themselves, their neighbours, family and friends and to help them recognise themselves as carers.
“In Dundee we were well prepared to implement the Carers Act and other areas of the country have been inspired by some of our local developments.
“The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership along with Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside and the Third Sector introduced a Strategic Plan for Supporting Carers in Dundee in November 2017.
“The plan sets out actions until 2020 to achieve A Caring Dundee in which all carers feel listened to, valued and supported. This is so that they feel well and are able to live a life alongside caring.
“The actions taken as part of this plan have concentrated on involving carers in the developments which has focused on building communities and services which support carers to care for others, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
“Locally we are continuing to offer carers of all ages supports and services that are personalised and effective while introducing new initiatives which help deliver the Carers Act.
“A New Carers of Dundee Website will be launched this week to fulfil some of the requirements we have to make sure carers have good quality sources of information and advice.”