Carers across Surrey are being encouraged to look after themselves as well as the loved ones they care for.
As Carers Week draws to a close, they’re being urged to seek out the support that is available to them all year round.
An estimated 115,000 people in Surrey are unpaid carers looking after family or friends who need support because they’re ill, frail, have a physical disability or mental health condition.
Carers Week – now in its 25th year – aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout Surrey and the rest of the country.
Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “Surrey’s carers do an amazing job day in, day out, helping loved ones or friends stay more independent and often put part of their own lives on hold. Caring can be hugely rewarding but we know that carers sometimes overlook their own health and well-being. Many might not even think of themselves as having caring responsibilities.
“Carers Week is an opportunity to highlight the support that’s available all year round for these unsung heroes, thanks to fantastic organisations like Action for Carers Surrey. I’d like to encourage anyone with a caring responsibility to come forward and find out what support is available.”
Action for Carers Surrey provides free information, support and advice for carers on 0303 040 1234 or by emailing CarerSupport@actionforcarers.org.uk. Information about getting help can be found here.
Many local activities and venues offer discounts for carers, such as swimming pools and cinemas. Find out more by visiting Surrey Information Point.
Carers can also access a range of free digital tools and essential resources by visiting the Surrey County Council Support for Carers web page and using the free access code: DGTL3562.