The number of adult carers in Northamptonshire increased by 18 percent in ten years, according to figures released by the county council.
As part of an awareness campaign launched on Monday, the council said the last census revealed that there were 69,498 in 2011, a considerable rise on the previous census in 2001.
Mark Major, director of Northamptonshire Carers, said: “Carers own health can often suffer as a result of providing ongoing care for the people they look after. This year the Carers Week Quest is collaboratively working with organisations within local communities in order to connect with thousands of carers missing out on help and support”.
A week of activities kicks off today with Northamptonshire Carers Choir at the Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough between 10.30am and 12 noon, to highlight the work of carers and the support available.
The event is being attended by carers, representatives from Northamptonshire Carers charity and staff, Northamptonshire County Council staff and from NHS organisations including NHS Corby and NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Derry Miller, services director of Age UK Northamptonshire, said: “We have supported Carers Week year on year. It really highlights the importance of the role of the carer. Caring for someone you love is a tough job which has a strong emotional demand. This carers week ask yourself ‘am I a carer?’ Do I know of someone who is that could do with some support? We provide advice and help to carers and family members that enable you to continuing in your caring role but also ensuring you too are getting the help you need and deserve”.
County council cabinet member for adult care services, Councillor Suresh Patel, said: “Carers Week is an opportunity to raise the profile of what caring is, who carers are, the impact it has on their lives and to help thousands of people who are missing out on help and support which could make a real difference to their lives. This includes the many people who don’t recognise themselves as carers so may not realise that they don’t have to cope by themselves.
“We want to make sure that people know what help and advice is out there so I would encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of the activities planned for Carers Week.”
For more information about the support for carers in Northamptonshire visit www.wholooksafteryou.co.uk or go to the Northamptonshire Carers website www.northamptonshire-carers.org for more information about Carers Week and the work carried out by this charity. Carers can also contact the Carers Support Line on 01933 677907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org