During Carers Week 2020 we are inviting health and care services, schools, employers and businesses across the community to recognise the vital contribution made by unpaid carers in Cheshire West and Chester. 

Jason Bishop, Assistant Chief Executive at Citizens Advice Cheshire West said: 

“This Carers Week our community is recognising the contribution of unpaid carers in Cheshire West and Chester.  Citizens Advice can help carers with advice and information and we would encourage anyone who needs help to ring us on 0344 5766111”

On behalf of the Carers Week charities, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“This year it is more important than ever to raise the profile of caring and recognise the enormous contribution made by unpaid carers, who throughout the COVID-19 outbreak have played an essential role supporting friends and family who are older, disabled or seriously ill. I am delighted that so many individuals and organisations are getting involved with virtual activities, helping carers to connect to others and access advice and information.  

“Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including getting the right support. This Carers Week all parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and care services – should do their bit to make caring visible and recognise carers’ vital contribution to society.”

For Carers Week 2020 charity Carers UK is joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness to help raise awareness of caring around the country. The headline sponsor is British Gas, part of Centrica, and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition is the supporting sponsor. 

The six charities driving Carers Week 2020 are calling on individuals, services and organisations to do their part in Making Caring Visible – helping carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need to care for a loved one.

For more about Carers Week 2020, how to get involved and information, help and support for carers, visit  https://www.carersweek.org/about-us