thanking you always 

Many people aren’t aware that they are a carer, they simply think of their role as looking after a loved one. The first step is to recognise you are a carer - if you provide support to a friend or family member who would otherwise not manage on their own, whether that’s due to age, ill-health or disability, then you are a carer. 
The second step is to get the support that is out there for you. 

What Support Can I Get as a Carer? 

Support for carers is available in all different forms, from emotional support on a one-to-one basis or carer support groups; financial support and help with applying for Carer’s Allowance; to practical support and respite. 
So no matter your circumstances and what help you require, there is something for everyone. 

Where Can Carers Get Support? 

Carers Leeds is one of the leading carers charity organisations in the city providing “specialist and tailored support, advice and information to unpaid carers”, and has been for over 25 years. There is a free-phone advice line service and working in partnership with local and national services and charity organisations, 
such as Carers Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Happy to Translate, Leeds Community Foundation and more, you’re sure to find the right help for your needs. 

Why Supporting Carers is So Important 

Caring can be a physically and emotionally demanding role and without unpaid carers - of which there are 74,000 identified in Leeds alone! - the NHS and Health and Social Care Sector would struggle in supporting those that require care. 
That’s why it’s vitally important to support carers with their role, making day-to-day life that little bit easier for them, their loved ones, and the cared-for person. 

Carer’s Week: 6th - 12th June 2022 

Carer's Week is held every year with a different theme - this year is ‘make caring visible, valued and supported’. Not only is it a chance for carers to come together and support one another, it’s also a chance to raise awareness; 
for organisations, employees, the community and the nation to show their gratitude towards carers; and a chance to help people who have a caring role to identify as a carer and access much needed support. 

What Activities are there During Carer's Week? 

Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find an event or activity that is right up your street - figuratively speaking. You can find a whole host of online and in-person activities at, including wellbeing classes, allotment workshops, craft and chat, walks and talks, picnics, coffee and cake, plus many more added daily in Leeds, the surrounding areas and all across the UK. 
If you’re hosting your own activity you can add it to their website and get the word out. 

How We Play Our Part 

Here at Hands On Healthcare we understand the pressures and challenges of caring. Our job is to connect dedicated jobseekers with healthcare service providers. So, if you have a friend or family member in one of our client’s care homes or supported living service, you can be rest assured they are receiving the best possible care, giving you less worry-time and more me-time. 
We hope you’re able to find the support you need through the information we’ve provided and connect with others during Carer’s Week. 
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