Steve pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities

Steve Reed MP has pledged his support to carers in Croydon North as part of Carers Week, which runs from 6-12th June.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend. In Steve’s constituency of Croydon North, there are nearly 12,000 carers.

Steve’s predecessor Malcolm Wicks was a passionate supporter of carers, and successfully changed the law to formally recognise the role of unpaid carers for the first time.

The seven charities driving Carers Week 2016 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to improve the lives of carers by building ‘Carer Friendly Communities’ – encouraging all parts of the community to think about carers and do things differently to support them.

The call comes after research for Carers Week revealed that a combination of inadequate support from local services and a lack of understanding about caring from wider society is having a negative impact on carers’ health, wellbeing, relationships and finances [1].

Steve Reed MP said:

“Carers make a huge contribution to Croydon North. Their work often goes unnoticed, which is why I’m supporting Carers Week 2016. I hope services across Croydon can think about what more they can do to help meet the needs of carers and make our communities more Carer Friendly.”

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