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Carers Week 2024: Who cares, when you care?

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From support with mental health, to enabling well-earned breaks and making sure no carer ever suffers financial hardship, Medway Council and Kent County Council have come together to support anyone currently caring for another person.

The theme of this year’s Carers Week, which takes place between June 10 and 16, is ‘Putting carers on the map’.


The Carers Week campaign aims to highlight the increasing pressures carers face, and provide them with much-needed recognition and support.

Medway Council and Kent County Council will be raising awareness about the challenges carers face and what help is available that they can access.


"Across Medway, thousands of people provide care for a family member or friend,” said Lee-Anne Farach, Medway Council's Director of Adults' Social Services.

“Every single carer plays a vital role in keeping loved ones safe and independent at home. Without the invaluable work that carers do, our health and social care services would be severely affected, and we want to do everything we can to support them.”


Meanwhile Richard Smith, Kent County Council’s Corporate Director for Adult Social Care and Public Health, adds: “We greatly value the huge contribution all our carers make in our communities. We know that there are many people across Kent who might not see themselves as carers, but they do care for a friend or family member and it can often be overwhelming.

“Young carers, working adults, people on low incomes and elderly carers with their own health issues may feel a greater impact by providing unpaid care and we want to make sure that they can access all the information and support available to them."


The campaign will appear on billboards, buses and phone boxes across the county, as well as via social media and radio to reach as many people as possible.

To find out more about the support on offer, visit: Medway.gov.uk/SupportForCarers or Kent.gov.uk/SupportForCarers

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