Gareth Howells is CEO of Carers Trust. In this guest blog, Gareth explains how coronavirus is making the lives of unpaid carers even more difficult than before, and what Carers Trust is doing, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care and others, to support them during the pandemic.
Today is Young Carers Awareness Day, an annual event led and organised by Carers Trust. The day aims to raise awareness of the pressures experienced by young carers – children who need to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
To mark the day, we invited Gareth Howells, CEO of Carers Trust, to reflect on the importance of young carers, and how we can all do more to support them.
In the second year of the Carers Action Plan, we remain committed to supporting all unpaid carers to provide care as they would wish and in a way that supports their own health and wellbeing throughout their lives and in whatever circumstances.
As the Department of Health & Social Care launches the eagerly anticipated Carers Action Plan, it’s a welcome return to Social Care News for our very good friend, Fatima Khan-Shah. Creator of a Carers Charter and tireless campaigner for greater …