There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

However, new figures released for Carers Week (8th – 14th June 2020) show an additional estimated 4.5 million people in the UK have also started caring for relatives who are older, disabled or living with a physical or mental illness as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 2.8 million (62%) of these are also juggling paid work alongside their caring responsibilities.

Typically, they will have been supporting loved ones from afar, helping with food shopping, collecting medicine, managing finances and providing reassurance and emotional support during the pandemic. Some will have taken on intense caring roles, helping with tasks such as personal care, moving around the home, administering medication and preparing meals.

Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. Carers need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.

So, during Carers Week, Progress Housing Group is adding our support and coming together to help Make Caring Visible.

Carers working for the Group are being reminded of the workplace support available to them on our carers information pages and our work-life balance policy, and we're bringing colleagues together to support each other with their caring roles.

Today, the Group has also pledged to recognise, support and celebrate carers.

"During Carers Week, we're adding our support and coming together to help Make Caring Visible, and helping our colleagues who have a caring role connect with others in the organisation and together share information and offer support." - Progress Housing Group

You can view all the pledges on the Carers Week campaign website here (opens in new window), where you can also find out more about the Making Caring Visible campaign and how you can get involved.