Carer Friendly Communities
Carers Week 2016 research has shown that there is much room for increasing awareness in the wider community of the impact of caring.
Research was carried out by Carers UK as part of their annual State of Caring Survey for Carers Week 2016. Results show that, of over 6000 carers and former carers surveyed, “3 in 4 carers don’t feel their caring role is understood and valued by their community” (Building Carer Friendly Communities: Research Report 2016).
The research highlights multiple barriers that carers face in trying to balance caring with other areas of their lives, in particular work, studying, health and relationships. Significantly and positively, the research also demonstrates that living in a Carer Friendly Community does make a positive difference for carers.
Carers UK points out that carers who are supported by their community report fewer barriers to having a life outside of their caring role.
- Carers who are supported by their communities are three times more likely to always be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle (27% compared with 9%)
- Carers who are supported by their communities are three times more likely to always be able to maintain relationships with close friends and family (29% compared with 9%)
Building Carer Friendly Communities, Carers Week 
It is Devon Carers’ aim to establish Carer Friendly Communities across the county over the next two years. We will offer Carer Awareness training to a range of organisations, including but not limited to GP practices, acute and community health & social care teams, voluntary, community and not for profit organisations, community associations and networks and county, district, town and parish councils.