Local MP for West Dunbartonshire, Martin Docherty-Hughes, has pledged his support to carers across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven as part of Carers Week 2019.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Carers Week which aims to celebrate the vital contribution made by those caring for someone living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older.
SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes attended an event in parliament this week to discuss the challenges facing unpaid carers and highlight the contribution made to local communities by carers across Scotland.
For Carers Week 2019 charity Carers UK is joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Sense to help raise awareness of caring around the country.
The seven charities are calling on individuals, services and organisations to do their part in ‘Getting Carers Connected’ – helping them get the practical, financial and emotional support they need to care for a loved one.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“On the 25th anniversary of Carers Week it’s perhaps more important than ever that we recognise the huge contribution made by carers to our communities.
“Having been a carer from an early age I know all too well the challenges faced by caregivers. I am proud to support Carers Week and will continue working in parliament and across West Dunbartonshire to help carers get connected with the support they need.
“I work closely with a number of local support groups, including Carers of West Dunbartonshire, and would encourage any carers looking for help and advice to get in touch.”
Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:
“Caring for family or friends can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support it can also have a huge impact on carers’ lives. Our research shows that many carers feel alone and are struggling with low levels of wellbeing despite the invaluable contribution they make. It’s time carers received greater recognition and support.
“Government, employers, health and care professionals, schools and universities, and each of us individually, all have a role putting carers in touch with practical and financial help.”
Find out more about getting Carers Connected: www.carersweek.org/about-us/getting-carers-connected