Barbara recently met TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year’s Carers Week (13-19 June). Barbara and Angela met at the House of Commons at an event to recognise the role of carers and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles.
The theme for Carers Week 2011 is ‘The True Face of Carers’. Carers Week calls for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who have caring responsibilities. The work of unpaid carers is vital for their families and friends, and for their communities.
Barbara is calling on the Government to recognise the contribution made by those people in Worsley and Eccles South and throughout Salford who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
“I support Carers Week because it gives us a chance to recognise what carers do and to think about the help and services that they need to support them. There are over 20,000 carers across Salford who are caring for a family member or a friend. Nearly one quarter of those carers care for more than 50 hours a week,which is over twice the national average. We know that such heavy caring roles can have an impact on the carer's own health and on their finances, as many carers give up their jobs to care.
"I want to express my respect and thanks for the work those carers do. Carers Week is an opportunity to remind the Government of the realities faced by carers. I urge them to think about what carers do and what help and support they need if they are to continue caring.
"We are fortunate in Salford to have an excellent carers centre run by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The centre runs projects to identify carers and to offer them support. The carers centre and other local support organisations will reach out in Carers Week to find new carers. I hope that Carers Week will result in many more carers finding out about the services and support that exists to help them.”