West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is using National Carers Week to thank the thousands of unpaid carers in the area.
This year’s theme “Making Care Visible.” recognises the ongoing commitment by carers includes those who have taken on the role following the coronavirus outbreak. The virus has prompted many people into taking on caring responsibilities for their relatives, friends and neighbours who need support.
it is estimated there are more than 13,000 carers locally including 2,500 young carers who provide unpaid care following an illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.
West Dunbartonshire HSCP has a range of measures in place to help and support unpaid carers, which also recognises and respects the daily challenges they experience.
West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Chair, Allan Macleod, said: “We recognise the important role of our unpaid carers not only during this week of national awareness but every week. We have many parent carers’ who provide extra support because their child has a disability, and we also have many young carers who support a sibling, parent or other family member. We don’t underestimate the commitment and dedication they show by undertaking caring duties and providing valuable support to some of our most vulnerable residents.”
West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Vice Chair, Councillor Marie McNair, added: “We know we have thousands of dedicated unsung carers across West Dunbartonshire who sometimes don’t even think of themselves as a carer, rather the fact that they just look after someone. We want to thank every one of them for the role they play in looking after loved ones, friends or neighbours. Having this support means many more residents can remain at home instead of spending periods in hospital or residential care.”
Carers Week, is an opportunity to raise awareness of unpaid carers and highlight the challenges faced by carers. The Week also recognises the huge contribution they make to the care of residents in West Dunbartonshire.
If you or someone you know needs help or support in their caring role, please visit www.wdhscp.org.uk/carers/ for more information.