Volunteers Minister, Eastleigh MP and former carer Mims Davies has celebrated the UKs 6.5 million unpaid carers to mark Carers Week 2019.
This year is the 25th Carers Week held to raise awareness and celebrate the contribution of the UK’s carers, with seven major charities coming together and ‘Getting Carers Connected’.
Commenting Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:
“One in eight adults in Eastleigh provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or needs extra help as they grow older. Locally I have been lucky enough to meet young carers and see first-hand the incredible support and respite services that One Community provides for carers across the Eastleigh area.”
“Carers play a vital role in our society and as a former carer myself, it has been a great passion of mine to raise awareness for carers across all ages. Both as Eastleigh’s MP, as well as a former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers, I have met with the most incredible carers and it is my pleasure to take any opportunity to show my support and appreciation for the tireless work that they do.”
An event was held in Parliament to mark Carers Week 2019 and attended by Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease (MDN) Association, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Sense with British Gas the headline supporter.
More information about the support provided by One Community can be found at http://1community.org.uk/support-at-home/carers-respite.