Today (Monday 8th June) marks the start of Carers week and I was delighted to attend a drop-in event for MP’s in Parliament to highlight the start of this week’s important campaign.
The aim of Carers week is to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges carers face up and down the country; not least in areas such as ours. Roughly one in eight people from across the whole of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale is a carer, and each day they are doing what they can to make life a little better for those close to them.
Representatives from organisations such as Age UK, Carers UK and the MS Society were present to offer advice to MP’s on how to support constituents who are carers, and to suggest ways MP’s can speak up for carers in Parliament. With recent evidence showing that full time-time carers are more than twice as likely to be in bad health than non-carers, and that nearly half of carers are struggling to make ends meet, I was more than happy to pledge my support, and I will continue to support and speak up for carers in Parliament.