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Carers Rights Day is organised by Carers UK. It is a chance for hundreds of organisations to come together and help carers find what support is available to them in their local area. It also helps to raise awareness of the needs of carers and the daily challenges that they face.
What is a carer?
Every day, almost 6000 people become carers. Sometimes it’s planned but sometimes it’s unexpected. Saying exactly what a carer is can be an impossible task. Caring can mean different things to different people. For example, a carer can be a neighbour who checks in on their elderly neighbour in the mornings. Or, a carer can be a parent looking after a child who is unwell. Or, they could be a partner or friend supporting someone with cancer.
No matter the type of caring, it is important that people understand their rights and the support available to them. Carers rights includes many different things, from working while caring and rights at work, to what financial support and benefits you might be entitled to. Being a carer can be physically and emotionally demanding experience, so it is very important that you get the practical, financial and emotional support you need.
Supporting a carer
As well as getting involved with Carers Rights Day 2018, we can all do can do things to support someone who is caring for a person with cancer. Carers can face daily challenges, but a little compassion and understanding from friends and family can really make all the difference.
Sometimes, you might worry about saying the wrong thing or upsetting someone. We’ve put together a few suggestions of things to avoid saying to someone who is caring for a person with cancer:
It is important to remember to treat every carer as an individual. No one will have the same experience or feelings, so just be there to listen to them and offer support.
By getting involved with Carers Rights Day, you can help to get information and advice to carers. Whether you host an event or simply share information with people in your community, you really can make a difference to the lives of carers in the UK.
We have free booklets and audiobooks for people looking after someone with cancer, and information on working while caring.
Carers UK has a helpline on 0808 808 77 77, Monday to Tuesday, from 10am to 4pm.
The Macmillan support line is also available on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
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