• Do you care for a loved one?

  • Do you care for a family member?

  • Do you care for a child with additional needs?

  • Are you a young carer?

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Carers Rock!


If you are an existing carer there are always things going on every week that you can get involved with, we have summarised some of these here.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

The national theme for this year’s Carers Week is looking at all the ways to support carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.

To raise awareness of carers and the valuable role they fulfil in our local community we are taking part in the Kindness (Hidden) Rocks project; where people paint rocks and hide them in their local parks and community locations.

If you have found one of our rocks – CONGRATLUATIONS! – help us to continue to raise awareness in the community by posting a photo on our facebook page, we have pined a post to the top titled carers rocks, which you can add your photo to as a comment and also add to your local hidden rocks group.

Bracknell Forest
Bracknell Rocks = https://www.facebook.com/groups/1494084000657439/

Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead

Windsor = https://www.facebook.com/groups/533631417069718/
Maidenhead = https://www.facebook.com/groups/188008601954181/
Ascot = https://www.facebook.com/groups/372990456537551/

If you, or someone you know, is an unpaid carer you can register with SIGNAL4carers on this website or by telephoning us. Funded by the local authority, we are here to provide free information, advice and support.

Some facts to think about:

  • 1 in 8 adults, around 6.5 million people) are carers
  • Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility
  • 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives
  • By 2037, it’s anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million
  • 65% of older carers (60+) have long-term health problems or a disability themselves
  • One third of older carers say they have cancelled treatment or an operation for themselves due to their caring responsibilities
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live at home and most are supported by unpaid carers; friends and family
  • It is estimated that 700,000 children and young people are carers
  • 56% of young adult carers in college or university say they are struggling due to their caring role. They are four times more likely to drop out of their course than other young adults
  • Over 1 million people care for more than one person
  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer
  • Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether
  • 625,000 people suffer mental and physical ill health as a direct consequence of the stress and physical demands of caring
    Over 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week

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