Barbara hosted a ‘virtual carers’ centre’ in Westminster to help promote greater awareness of carers among MPs during Carers Week. The ‘drop in’ centre was set up so that fellow MPs could learn first hand about carers and discuss the need for wider support for the UK’s ‘caring community’.
The Parliamentary carers centre was set up following a recent survey carried out by the Carers Week partnership, which found that 86% of people interviewed believed that carers make a valuable contribution to society. This total was only just behind only nurses (91%) and fire-fighters (90%). However, a survey of carers themselves showed that almost three-quarters (74%) say they have reached breaking point due to the pressures of their caring role.
“By hosting this carers centre at Westminster, I hope to promote greater awareness of the issues faced by the UK’s 6 million carers and give other MPs a broader insight into how receiving support from local carers’ services can transform carers’ lives.
“Three out of five people will be carers at some point in their lives and it is vital that all carers know about the availability of benefits and financial help, practical support and opportunities to take a break.”
Barbara at the centre with carers and staff from The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads