Liberal Democrat MSP for Orkney, Liam McArthur, has today praised the work of carers during the annual Carers Week running from 5-11 June 2023. McArthur joins charities, organisations and individuals to show support for the millions of unpaid carers in the UK - and to spread the word about the challenges they face throughout the year and what needs to be done to improve their daily lives.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and help people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. Established by Carers UK 27 years ago, Carers Week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by Scotland’s 1.1 million unpaid carers.
Mr McArthur said:
“I’m pleased to have the chance to thank all carers for the oft-unseen and too often thankless work they do, and to recognise the important work of the charities and organisations that support them.
“More than ever, individuals and families across Scotland are reliant on unpaid care, often from loved ones dedicating their time to provide support, and they absolutely deserve our recognition.
“We should be finding every means to return the favour and support carers, whether that's assisting with finances, building respite, providing support for mental health or just shining a light on all that they do.”