Carers Week is an annual event which takes place each year, celebrating the fantastic work of carers in the UK.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event, including dates, theme and how to get involved.
When is Carers Week 2020?
This year’s Carers Week runs from Monday 8 June until Sunday 14 June 2020.
The event is organised by Carers UK, which is joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness, this year, plus organisations and individuals across the UK.
What is this year’s theme?
This year’s theme is ‘Making Caring Visible’, which hopes to help people recognise the contribution that carers make.
Carersweek.org explains that there are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, but they often feel isolated and are seven times more likely to say they are lonely than the general population.
“Everyone has a part to play in making sure these carers are seen, heard, and understood; and helping them to get the support they need to care,” the website adds.
This could include an employer setting up an online carers' network, a GP practice offering an annual health check or alternative appointment times for carers.
A business could offer special deals or priority access for carers or you could reach out to your family, friends or neighbours, if you know they are caring for someone, to let them know that you are there for them.
You can also join others who have added their ‘voices’ to help Make Caring Visible, and help to support unpaid carers who deserve more recognition and better support, explains Carers UK.
How can I get involved in Carers Week 2020?
Carers UK are hosting a variety of events throughout the week, so there’s plenty to get involved with.
There’s a daily Care for a Cuppas, where they’ll be fixing a hot drink and taking some time to come together with carers for a virtual chat, sharing how they’re doing and being there for one another.
However, places are limited so check on the website for more details on how to join.
They’ll also be publishing blogs from a range of guests throughout the week, and author Penny Wincer will be sharing videos of her experiences of caring.
You can also pledge your support for carers, which will then be added to the wall of pledges and then share your commitment via social media.
You can also check back on the website for links to the latest content throughout the week
Best deals for Carers
Experts at money.co.uk have also compiled a list of a few of the best deals for key workers right now.
So if you’re a carer you could be eligible for the below discounts.
Register with the Emma website to get access to a special key worker code for up to 50 per cent off all products.
Get free breakdown cover if you are a key worker who drives a Vauxhall
Vauxhall are providing free breakdown cover to any Vauxhall-owning key workers, regardless of the car's age, mileage or where it has been serviced.
To make use of the service, all essential workers need to do is call 0800 197 2049 and quote “key worker".
Car Insurance Discount from Veygo
Car insurance provider Veygo is offering a 75 per cent discount on temporary insurance for key workers.
White Heron Drinks – 30 per cent off bottles of gin
White Heron Drinks is offering key workers a 30 per cent discount on its Whittern Pink Gin using the code “KEYWORKER” when you order online.
10 per cent off all vehicles for key workers from Urban eBikes
From eBikes to electric motorbikes, Urban eBikes is offering 10 per cent off to all key workers. Fill in the form to confirm key worker status and the team will contact you to process your order.