Steve Barclay kicks off Carers Week by celebrating carers in North East Cambridgeshire

MP Stephen Barclay with actress Linda Bellingham
MP Stephen Barclay with actress Linda Bellingham

To celebrate the launch of Carers Week, which runs from 10-16 June, local MP Steve Barclay has joined forces with UK Care charities to recognise the contribution that carers in North East Cambridgeshire make on a daily basis.

Teaming up with Carers in Westminster, Steve pledged his support this week as his campaign on behalf of young carers received a national boost with the publication of a major report by the Children’s Society.

The MP wrote last month to local head teachers to highlight the plight of young carers who often see their schooling affected, an issue which has now been underlined by the Children Society’s report.

Carers Week is a national awareness campaign to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.

Steve said: “Every day across Cambridgeshire, 60,176 people will care for a loved one in some form. This hidden group, which is equivalent to 1 in every 8 people give up their time, sometimes their jobs and often make life changing sacrifices for someone.

“Carers save this country an incredible £119 billion every year. That’s why I believe as a society we must share in the values underlined by the Prepared to Care campaign.”

In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether the nation is ‘Prepared to Care?’ The campaign will highlight how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager, commented: “It’s fantastic to see Steve taking a stand for carers. Carers form the backbone of our society and that’s why Carers Week is so incredibly important to not only recognise their contribution, but ensure they get the help and support they need.”

As part of Carers Week, a number of events will be held in and around Cambridgeshire to help carers access support and advice. Carers can find out what’s going on at www.carersweek.org.