Barbara met the actress Lynda Bellingham at Westminster to help launch Carers Week 2013, which takes place on June 10th to 16th.
Lynda Bellingham was a carer for her mother who had Alzheimer’s and understands the impact that caring has on someone’s life. Barbara is running a half marathon in October this year to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, so that they can provide information and support for people with dementia and their carers.
Through Carers Week, Barbara wants to raise awareness for carers in Salford. Recent figures from the 2011 census show that carers in Salford are caring for many more hours than they were 10 years ago and more than carers in other parts of the country.
The figures show that the numbers of those in Salford caring for 20 to 49 hours a week has gone up by 25% and those caring for 50 hours or more a week has increased by 13%. The figure of those in Salford caring more than 50 hours a week (27%) is higher than the average for England and Wales, which is 23%.
“Figures from the Census show that there are now more carers in Salford and they are carrying a heavier caring workload than they were 10 years ago. In 2001, 25% of carers in Salford were caring for more than 50 hours a week and now that figure is 27%.
“Carers make many sacrifices in order to care. Many give up work or cut their working hours and caring can have a big impact on the health of the carer. We should be prepared to care for our carers in Salford. I hope that Carers Week 2013 raises awareness of the great job carers do and that we give Salford carers all the support we can.”