Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout Northern Ireland.  

It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much needed support.

This current crisis has shone a light on the important role of carers and what so many do every day to care for friends and family.  It is important during Carers Week we ensure carers are recognised for their huge contribution. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.  It has never been more important that the government, as well as employers and policy makers, take action to support them and the people they care for.

So during Carers Week, we are asking branches to help Make Caring Visible.  You can:

Signpost members to support by either directing them to the guidance on Carers NI website or they can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they wish to discuss what support they might be able to avail of. 

The Department of Health have issued guidance for unpaid and young carers which can be accessed here . They have also launched a Carers ID card and Priority Access Shopping Hours, similar to those for NHS staff. The cards should be sent out automatically to carers who are in receipt of services or support from the Trusts but if not they can contact their Carer Co-ordinator. You can find the details here.

New Carer's ID CardNew ID card for carers launched | Department of Health

The Health Minister has launched a new ID card to support carers in NI. Similar to IDs for healthcare workers, carers will be able to show their ID in stores to get access to priority shopping hours.

Department of Health Website

There's also information about getting involved in Carers Week and Adding Your Voice on the Carers Week website

Carer's Week Carers Week 2020

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Carers Week Website

Please ensure this information is circulated as widely as possible.

Geraldine Alexander
Assistant Secretary