This week is Carers Week. Mary Locke, Councillor for Stirchley, writes about what is happening in Birmingham to mark this event.
The aim of Carers Week is to raise awareness of caring, identify the challenges that carers face and celebrate the difference that carers make. This year, the theme for Carers Week is “Making Carers More Visible”. There is a wide range of activity going on. You can find a full timetable here and there is lots of information on Birmingham Carers Hub’s Facebook Page. The Leader of the Council as well as members of the Cabinet will be making short films about carers. Look out for them on Twitter.
I am proud to be the Cabinet Advisor for Carers. This role means I attend a variety of meetings to support carers, including the Carers Partnership Group which brings together commissioners, providers and carers.
As a carer myself, I know how lonely it can be. During the pandemic the pressures have been hard. There are also young carers who look after siblings or parents. This is incredibly hard on a young person. I am passionate about supporting carers and this week is a great opportunity to thank carers for the amazing efforts they go to and to ensure that people recognise the hard work that they do.
Read Mary’s blog from last year where she talks more about her role as Cabinet Advisor to Carers here.