The Caring Behind Closed Doors report from Carers UK found 70% of carers are providing more care than before. Over a third are providing that care because of the closure or reduction of local services. Carers were already under pressure before, but now over half (55%) say they feel overwhelmed and are worried they are going to burn out in the next few weeks.
Unpaid carers are fighting the same battle as care staff and NHS workers: yet they are doing it behind closed doors and with far less recognition. It is unfair that carers are feeling ignored and invisible at this time and we would like your help in telling the Government that they must take more action to support carers.
Carers UK are calling on the Government to:
- Raise awareness and recognition of unpaid carers
- Increase the level of Carer’s Allowance
- Increase the availability and delivery of testing and PPE to paid care workers and carers
- Make care a priority
You can help ask for more support for carers.
Take a photo of yourself with their placard (or make your own if you don’t have access to a printer) and share on Facebook or Twitter, making sure to use the hashtag #CaringBehindClosedDoors
Download the placard here
Share your support on Facebook or other social media platforms by using this text:
Millions of people are #CaringBehindClosedDoors I’m joining Carers UK’s campaign asking the Gov to raise the profile of unpaid carers, raise Carer’s Allowance, increase testing & PPE for care workers and unpaid carers and to make care a priority www.carersuk.org/closeddoors
You could also tag your MP in the post – you can find their social media details using this website if you don’t know them already.