CARERS WEEK 2021
Right now there are around 6.5 million carers in the UK, looking after older, seriously ill or disabled family and friends.
Caring is part of being human and at the heart of family life. As our population ages and people live longer, often with complex health conditions, more and more of us will find ourselves caring. Yet many still see caring as a private matter.
Many people don’t identify themselves as Carers, they feel they are just doing what anyone else would so they don’t always know what support is available to them.
The focus for Carers Week is Make Caring Visible and Valued, while recognising that Carers are individuals with needs of their own.
All of us, wherever we live, whatever we do, have a part to play.
WALK500 - EVERY STEP COUNTS
In Highland there are approximately 32,000 unpaid Carers, some as young as five.
During Carers Week many of those unpaid Carers, together with their friends, family and local community are taking steps to raise awareness of the amazing contribution unpaid Carers make in Highland.
The goal is to walk 500 miles in five days or to put it another way, walk one million steps!
From gentle strolls with the dog to climbing Ben Rinnes people throughout Highland are joining in with us.
You can get involved. Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156368031993
or use the Google form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJI3vipMJlKcvc9nuUbOFJTpe-btUlekiD_pyptkLhJRx1jw/viewform?usp=sf_link
and record your steps during Carers Week, get your friends and family to join in or even plan a walk in your local area.
Every single step helps to raise awareness of the work of unpaid Carers in Highland.