This year, carers have faced even more challenges as a result of the pandemic. Many people have taken on caring responsibilities for the first time for their friends and families, whilst other careers have needed to provide even more support.
By raising awareness, the campaign also helps people who may not realise that they have caring responsibilities to identify themselves as a carer and access the support available.
But what is a carer?
According to CarersWeek.org, a carer is ‘someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. It isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.’.
The Staff Inclusivity Group supports staff members across both campuses and from all job families who are carers for those who have physical and invisible disabilities. They are supporting the campaign to raise awareness of the 6.5 million unpaid carers in the country and the vital contribution they make.
If you would like to join the Inclusivity Group and get involved, please email Staffinclusivitygroup@lboro.ac.uk.
Information for carers, including support on mental health and work and finances, can be found online here.