McArthur recognises Carers' Week 2021


Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, has recognised the role of unpaid carers in Orkney as part of Carers' Week 2021.  

 

Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, has recognised the role of unpaid carers in Orkney as part of Carers' Week 2021.  

Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.  This year’s theme is Make Caring Visible and Valued and runs from 7 to 13 June.  

Established by Carers UK 27 years ago, the annual awareness campaign celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It’s believed there are approximately 4,000 unpaid carers in Orkney with only around 300 registered with Crossroads Orkney, the charity which works with Orkney Health and Care (OHAC). 

Mr McArthur said:

“Unpaid carers in Orkney and across the country are doing incredible work to support some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Carers Week is a chance to recognise their outstanding contribution and thank them for their dedication to helping others and to the wellbeing of loved ones.

“We know that for many caring is a way of life. But it is important we recognise that caring can also create additional pressures and challenges on aspects of everyday life, including on finances, relationships and mental health. The past year will have exacerbated these challenges and Carers' Week provides us the opportunity to share support is available and you are not alone.

"Carers' Week also provides us the opportunity to thank those organisations and charities who work tirelessly all year to support unpaid carers including Crossroads Orkney, Voluntary Action Orkney and to Orkney Young Carers."


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