Carers First celebrates Carers Week 2020 in Essex

As the country continues to navigate restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Carers First has found new ways to engage with, and celebrate carers remotely this Carers Week, 8-14th June.

The team in Essex will be running virtual events across the county including a quiz (Mid Essex), a virtual garden party (North Essex), a new group in Epping Forest and a Carers Get Together in South Essex with a guest speaker from the Alzheimer’s Society. On Tuesday evening, 9th June, from 18:00 – 19:00, they have a group for Young Adult Carers with theme of ‘Fantasy Holiday’.

Carers Week 2020 is all about increasing the visibility of carers; celebrating the work they do, acknowledging the challenges they face, encouraging hidden carers to access support, and highlighting the individuals and stories behind each caring role.

In addition to the local events, Carers First has compiled a digital magazine called ‘Lean on Me’ which showcases carers creative artworks, poems and stories, this will be available to read on the Carers First website throughout the awareness week. They will also be running a virtual carers sing-a-long on Thursday 11th June, led by Ruth Getz from the Vintage Sing Up. For more information about any of the Carers First Carers Week events, please click here.

Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Carers First said: “The contribution of carers has never been greater than during the lockdown. Despite being cut off from their usual support systems, carers of all ages have been doing everything they can, under difficult circumstances to continue looking after friends, relatives and loved ones. This Carers week, we want to raise awareness of this continued contribution and celebrate carers to ensure they feel recognised and heard.”

Jenny, a carer living in Lincolnshire, said: “I have been left without outside help to care for my daughter who has complex health needs. I had to weigh up the risk of carers from an agency bringing in the virus, against my own ability to do it all. Of course it wasn’t questionable. I cannot risk the health of my daughter. I am pulling a day and night shift. I do it because obviously I love my daughter but it would be nice to have a moment of nothingness to recharge my batteries.”