Carers Rights Day 2018: When Is It, What Is It, and How Can You Get Involved?
This year, Carers Rights Day is on Friday 30th November.
It’s an annual event held by Carers UK with the aim to bring UK organisations together to help carers in their local community.
Carers Rights Day aims to help carers better understand their rights, how they can get additional support, and what help they are entitled to.
Why Carers Rights Day?
In the UK, 6,000 people become carers every single day. An estimated 6.5 million people are carers, with many people caring for a friend or family member on top of jobs and other responsibilities.
Despite carers making up a large part of the population, many carers feel isolated and under-supported. What’s more, many people take on the role of a carer without necessarily planning for it, which is why this year’s Carers Rights Day is under the theme Caring for Your Future.
The day aims to:
- Educate carers on their rights
- Provide advice for carers on where to get more help and support
- Raise public awareness on the needs of carers
Can Anyone Get Involved?
There are many organisations in the UK that hold events and activities for Carers Rights Day. Head over to the official Carers UK page for more information.