Shetland MSP’s, Beatrice Wishart has today highlighted Carers Week. The annual campaign seeks to raise awareness of caring running from 7th - 13th June this year with the theme Making Caring Visible and Valued.
Established by Carers UK 27 years ago, Carers Week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by Scotland’s 1.1 million unpaid carers. Shetland Carers, a project supported by Voluntary Action Shetland, have a week of events planned and hope to identify any hidden carers who are not currently receiving support.
Ms Wishart has advocated throughout the pandemic for the safe reopening of adult day care and respite services, to give families of those with complex needs a break.
Beatrice Wishart said:
“For many carers, the pandemic has been intense and a more challenging time than usual. They have stepped up, to do what they can in extremely difficult circumstances.
“The reopening of respite services has often been slow, and even at Level 0 there continue to be barriers to support. Many carers feel like they’ve been forgotten about, and that’s just not acceptable.
“We should be finding every means to ease the pressures carers face, whether that's assisting with finances, building respite, providing support for mental health or just shining a light on all that they do.
“Carers Week is an opportunity to thank all of the hardworking carers out there. It is also a chance to recognise the work of charities and organisations that assist carers.”
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