Bedford Borough Council is supporting local charity Carers in Bedfordshire in highlighting the valuable work of carers this Carers Week (7-14 June 2021), which is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the work of carers and their valuable contribution to society. The theme for this year's Carers Week, 'Making Carers Visible and Valued'.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for their friend or family member who due to illness, disability, and mental health problems or an addiction, cannot cope without their support, or need extra help as they grow older. A carer is also a parent looking after a child with special educational needs.
Cllr Wendy Rider, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services said "There are thousands of carers in Bedford Borough, quietly providing unpaid care and support to their family members or friends. Many offer a lifeline for the people they are looking after, but they don't get the support and recognition they deserve. I want the carers out there in the community to know that there is a wealth of support out there for them within Bedford Borough, not least from local charity Carers in Bedfordshire (whose work as a council we support). I would encourage anyone to get in touch with them today to see what they can offer."
This week, Carers in Bedfordshire will be bringing Carers Week to life by running a series of events and activities, including:
For further information about Carers Week, or to sign up for support, visit www.carersinbeds.org.uk and follow hashtag #CarersWeek on social media.
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