McArthur supports Carers Week 2022

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has marked the start of Carers Week 2022 by adding his support to Age Scotland's new #KnowYourRights campaign designed to support carers better understand and realise their rights.

Carers Week (6 - 12 June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges over 1 million unpaid carers in Scotland face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the country.

Mr McArthur has urged the estimated 4,000 local carers in Orkney to visit the campaign and local charities to ensure they know their rights and are not missing out on any support they're entitled to.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

"Unpaid carers in Orkney, and across the country, make an invaluable contribution to supporting some of the most vulnerable in our local communities.  Carers Week is an important opportunity to recognise their incredible work and to thank them for their dedication to supporting others.

"It's also a chance, however, to recognise that caring can also create additional pressures and challenges on aspects of everyday life, including on finances, relationships and mental health.  We must do all we can to ensure they are justly supported.  I'm delighted, therefore, to support Age Scotland's new #KnowYourRights campaign which will help to raise awareness of carers' rights and support available.

"Carers Week also provides us the opportunity to thank those local organisations and charities who work tirelessly all year to support unpaid carers including Crossroads Orkney, Voluntary Action Orkney and Orkney Young Carers.  Unpaid carers in Orkney should not feel alone and I would strongly encourage them to check out the campaign and get in touch with these amazing local charities."

Age Scotland’s Chief Executive Brian Sloan added:

"With carers at the forefront of the lingering pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that they are aware of their rights and supported to realise them.  

"We hear from many unpaid carers who are unsure or unaware about their rights due to exhaustion, isolation, not knowing where to seek support or not being informed about them when in contact with professionals.  As such they may only seek help once a crisis occurs.  We want to help them access the right information in a way which suits them.

"We also know that many carers don’t actually recognise that they are in this role, feeling that they are just doing the decent thing and helping out.  But it means that they are missing the support which should be available to them.  By understanding more about their rights, carers can be better prepared to tackle the complex and often frustrating challenges they can face."

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