Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has recognised the role of carers in the Northern Isles and across the country as part of Carers’ Week 2020. Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year’s theme is Make Caring Visible and runs from 8 to 14 June. Established by Carers UK 26 years ago, the annual awareness campaign celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Carers of all ages across the Northern Isles and across the country make exceptional contributions to our communities every day. We all know someone who has gone the extra mile to care for a relative, a friend or simply someone in their community. I want to take this opportunity to thank them and recognise the challenges they face, particularly at this time. Their contribution makes a real difference to lives and it is right we pay tribute to this.”
“Caring for someone can bring often unseen challenges, such as loneliness, financial difficulties and mental health impacts. Carers are often unpaid but should never be underappreciated. Carers’ Week is an important opportunity to promote the support available all year round. Voluntary Action in Orkney and Shetland offer support all year round, providing information and advice to help make life easier for our carers. I want to thank the role of these charities and encourage individuals to use their support.”