10 to 16 June is Carers Week, the annual campaign highlighting and celebrating the contribution of unpaid carers across the UK.

The week is supported by eight major charities to increase awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the enormous contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Carers Week and the theme is ‘Getting Carers Connected’. It is all about helping to connect carers to get the support they need to care without neglecting their health needs or important relationships.

Speaking about his support for Carers Week, Martin Whitfield MP said:

“There are over 750,000 carers across Scotland providing unpaid care for an ill, older or disabled family member or friend. That figure includes one in eight people here in East Lothian. Many carers still do not receive the assistance they need  and can find their own physical or mental wellbeing suffering as a result of their caring commitments.

“This year’s Carers Week is focused on getting carers connected to help ensure they have the advice and supportt they need to undertake their caring duties while looking after themselves at the same time. This is an important objective and I am pleased to help raise awareness of the week and the needs of carers here in East Lothian.”

Find out more about Carers Week 2019 at www.carersweek.org