Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. In 2021, Carers Week is made possible through Carers UK working together with five other major charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness.


Ahead of Carers Week 2021, Carers UK are launching a new campaign to highlight the urgent need for carers to be better supported to take breaks from their caring responsibilities.


They are calling on the UK government to urgently increase funding for carers’ breaks by an additional £1.2 billion, so all carers providing significant hours of care can take a break.


To raise awareness of our campaign, they are asking people to write to their local MP ahead of Carers Week. You can get involved by adding your voice.