Week-long thank you to recognise the vital role of carers

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The selfless contributions made by the thousands of unpaid carers in the borough will be highlighted by Wigan Council as part of Carers Week 2020.

This year’s theme is ‘making carers visible’ and the council wants to shine a light on the far-reaching role that many play in our communities and raise awareness of the support available to them.

The week-long thank you takes on even greater significance with people facing new challenges and taking on more caring responsibilities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During national Carers Week (8-14 June) councillors and senior management will be taking time out of their week to deliver a random act of kindness to carers’ homes in line with the Be Kind campaign.

These can be in the form of thank you cards, flowers or afternoon tea – small tokens of our appreciation to recognise the valuable contributions.

It is all part of an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring while highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the support they provide to families and communities.

During the week a number of stories from carers in the borough will be shared to demonstrate the amazing role they play.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “We know there are many residents in the borough who don’t recognise they are carers and feel they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a family member or friend, yet the role they play cannot be underestimated.

“The difference they make to peoples’ lives has taken on an even greater significance since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic so I would like to say a huge thank you to all our carers.

“Throughout Carers Week we will be putting a spotlight on carers, signposting the support and opportunities available to them and recognising carers for all their hard work.”

It’s estimated that three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives so campaigns like next week are vitally important in applauding all those who make go the extra mile for a family member or loved one.

In Wigan, latest figures suggest around 36,000 people identify themselves as unpaid carers.

There are a number of ways in which carers can be supported which is why the council is supporting this national awareness week to help residents to recognise the difference they make.

A support plan and personal budget, getting short term breaks, education and training opportunities, support with benefit applications and counselling are all available to carers.

A day of thanks will take place next Thursday (11th) to recognise the selfless contributions made by all the borough’s carers.

The council will be issuing regular thank-you posts on its social media channels and is encouraging partner organisations, businesses and services to join in.

If anyone has a story to share about caring or knows someone who doesn’t get the praise they deserve then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the council so we can celebrate them during the campaign. Residents are welcome to email [email protected]