Carers are walking a mile with a smile

12th June 2020

Carers and the Devon Carers team are celebrating Carers Week, 8th to 14th June, by walking a mile with a smile, the aim of which is to walk the perimeter of Devon, 350 miles in total.

Sadie Clarke, Devon Carers Community Engagement Manager, said “Making caring visible is the theme of Carers Week this year. As well as hosting a variety of online workshops and activities, we are encouraging carers and our team to get out and walk a mile with a smile. All miles will be recorded and shared on our website, with our goal to reach 350 miles – a walk around Devon”.
“We provide support to over 20,000 carers across the county and although we recognise the valuable role unpaid carers play throughout the year, carers week is an opportunity for us to raise awareness and say a huge thank you”.

Across the UK 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives. Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility, that equals over 2 million people each year. (Carers UK)

As part of Carers Week Devon Carers will have a range of online workshops and activities, including virtual garden tours, quiz, crafts and wellbeing sessions, taking place, please visit www.devoncarers.org.uk for more information.

For more information about any of the online workshops and activities taking place during Carers Week, 8th to 14th June, please visit www.devoncarers.org.uk or t: 03456 434 435.

Editor’s Notes:

Westbank Community Health & Care was originally set up to provide practical and emotional support to people in villages along the west bank of the River Exe; it now works with communities and individuals across Devon, and in other sites around the UK. Westbank employs over 250 members of staff with over 550 volunteers.

Devon Carers supports over 20,000 carers across Devon – www.devoncarers.org.uk

Carers Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of caring, taking place from 8th to 14th June. This year Carers Week is focusing on making caring visible.
3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives – 7 Carers UK (2001) It Could Be You – A report on the chances of becoming a carer

https://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/facts-about-carers-2019

Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.

https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/facts-and-figures

For more information, please see:

www.westbank.org.uk

www.devoncarers.org.uk

 

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