This Carers Week (June 6 to 12), Kent County Council (KCC) is urging everyone to recognise our carers and support them in getting the practical, financial and emotional help they need.
A carer is anyone, young person or adult, who provides unpaid care and support to a friend or family member who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse problems or needs support in later life or to manage a life of their own.
Carers are a diverse group of people. There are over 10,000 Young Carers in Kent and according to BBC research there could be another 30,000 hidden Young Carers.
Parent carers provide support to their children, including grown up children who could not manage without their help. The child/adult can be ill, disabled, or have mental health or substance misuse problems.
Every day, 6,000 people in the UK start looking after someone close to them, unpaid. It is important that all carers know that they are not alone in their caring role.
For many, caring is something that happens gradually when someone becomes older or has a progressive illness. For others, it arises suddenly, for example as the result of an accident, a stroke or because of a COVID-19 infection.
Caring can be hugely rewarding, but it can also have an impact on all aspects of life and looking after someone without the right information and support can be tough.
Anyone who gives unpaid care to someone who is over the age of 18 can ask KCC for a carer’s assessment to establish what support is available to them.
A carer’s assessment can be done even if the person you care for does not get any help from the council, and they will not need to be assessed.
Permission of the person you are caring for is not needed to request a carer’s assessment. You are entitled to ask for one in your own right.
However, a combined assessment can be requested – where the carer and person cared for will be assessed at the same time to ensure both sets of needs are met.
Clair Bell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Carers Week is an opportunity for us to show our deep appreciation for the wonderful work carers do, without which our modern social care system could not function.
“As our population ages, increasingly more of us will be called to care for older, seriously ill or disabled loved ones and an ever-growing number of these carers will be children and teenagers.
“Without support, caring can sometimes feel like an isolating and overwhelming experience, therefore it is vital we make Kent a more supportive place in which carers can thrive.
“I would like to encourage any carers not currently receiving help to contact us for a care assessment so that we can make sure they have all the support available to them to carry on caring and also ensure their wellbeing.”
For more information on support for carers and carer’s assessments visit: https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/care-and-support/caring-for-other-people/support-for-carers
For a full list of Carer’s Week events, or to add your own, visit: www.carersweek.org
Some events taking place in Kent:
Tuesday, June 7:
- Carer’s Information Drop In Session – an information, support drop in stand hosted by Carers’ Support East Kent – Faversham Market, 8 Market Place, Faversham, ME13 7AG
- Carer’s Coffee Drop In – Creek Creative Café, 1 Abbey Street, Faversham, ME13 7BE
Wednesday, June 8
- Carer’s Information Drop In Session – an information, support drop in stand hosted by Carers’ Support East Kent – 23 Margate Road, Westwood Cross, Broadstairs, CT10 2BF
- Carer’s Information Drop In Session – an information, support drop in stand hosted by Carers’ Support East Kent – Ashford College, Elwick Road, Ashford, TN23 1NN
- MS Coffee Morning – Kent MS Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, Merton Lane North, Canterbury, CT4 7DZ
- Carer’s Information Drop In Session – an information, support drop in stand hosted by Carers’ Support East Kent – Dover Technical College, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, CT16 1DH
- Activities at Garlinge Phoenix Project in Thanet – The Phoenix Project, 7 Caxton Road, Margate, CT9 5NP
Thursday, June 9
- Carer’s Information Drop In Session – an information, support drop in stand hosted by Carers’ Support East Kent – The Dover Morrisons Café, Bridge Street, Dover, CT16 1RA
- Dover Support Group – Morrisons, Bridge St, Dover, CT16 1RA
- Ashford Meet and Talk – The South Ashford Baptist Church, Brookfield Road, Ashford, TN23 4EY
Friday, June 10
- Carer’s Fete – Betteshanger Sports and Social Club, Cavell Square, Deal, CT14 9HN
Notes for Editors
About Carers Week 2022
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that will take place from 6-12 June 2022 to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers
It aims to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.