Barbara has teamed up with TV and radio presenter Jonathan Dimbleby to support this year’s Carers Week (8-14 June) and to celebrate the contribution made by 20,000 people in Salford who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
This year, the theme for Carers Week is ‘Carers… the UK’s secret service’ and calls for carers to receive greater recognition for the work they carry out, which is so vital for their families and friends and for their communities.
Barbara met Jonathan at the House of Commons to pay tribute to carers and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles. Since becoming MP for Worsley, Barbara has spoken in many debates about carers and has introduced two Private Members Bills at Westminster to ensure that carers can be identified and referred for advice, support and health checks.
“There are twenty thousand people in Salford who give their time in order to care for a loved one. Caring also affects their health, finances, work and social life. They deserve to be recognised for the contribution they make in our community and to society generally.
“In Carers Week I want to express my gratitude and respect for our carers, but also to help to make carers know that there are services and support there to help them. Caring can be demanding and difficult, so it’s important that carers know that they don’t have to struggle on alone.”
“Britain's ‘secret service’ of carers must not be forgotten, ignored or exploited and I will continue to campaign for better identification of and support for carers"
Barbara with radio presenter Jonathan Dimbleby