This week (June 10 – 16 2013) is Carers Week. There are an estimated 7 million people providing unpaid care to children, partners, relatives or other adults who, without their help, would be unable to live independently.
One of the big questions is “Who cares for the carers?” GP’s have recently called for carers to be routinely screened for depression. Carers Week is not only about recognising the role of carers in today’s society (including, of course, the saving to public funds of £119bn a year) but also about encouraging those who are carers to get the support, advice and information they need.
This week is also about recognising the contribution these people make to the lives of the people they care for, the impact it has on their own health and wellbeing and to look at how we as a country can support carers and the people they care for.
Working with people with disabilities we meet many carers and have encouraged them to join us during lessons hoping that they can help support our learners. However over the years we have realised that many carers would benefit from computer lessons usually for the same reasons as we teach the people they are caring for.
We are therefore intending to broaden our remit to include lessons specifically for carers – we look forward to offering this service in the near future.
If you have a working computer that you no longer need please consider donating it to Computers 4 Carers.