A message of thanks to Gloucestershire's carers
Today 8 June, marks the start of Carers Week. This year‘s theme is ‘Making Caring Visible’
Did you know there are over 63,000 informal carers in Gloucestershire? 1 in 10 people are carers, and 1 in 7 juggle caring responsibilities with work. Everyone probably has at least one carer living in their street.
Carers are unsung heroes who work hard day in, day out and they can get forgotten. Sometimes people don’t even realise that they would be classed as a carer.
The vast majority of the time, the care they provide is behind closed doors, in people’s homes and is largely invisible to the local community. This is something we want to change and we are using this Carers Week to raise awareness of our county’s fantastic carers and the amazing work they all do.
We want to begin this week by saying a massive thank you to all of our informal carers in Gloucestershire.
"To all carers in Gloucestershire
These are difficult times and we are very grateful for everything you are doing.
As an unpaid carer you are providing care and support every day to family or friends, many of whom are at most risk from COVID-19. We know you carry out this demanding and difficult work selflessly to make the person you are caring for as comfortable as possible and to make their lives easier.
Some of you were already supporting some of our most vulnerable residents prior to covid 19, and some may have only recently become carers - as families, friends and neighbours adjust to the situation we are in.
We know you do this work without expectation of recognition, because you are thinking of others.
But today we’d like to publically thank you for your dedication. We want you to know that we recognise the important role you play in keeping some of our county’s most vulnerable people safe are we are very grateful for all you do and will continue to do.
You truly are our unsung heroes. Thank you."
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery, Gloucestershire County Council
Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, Gloucestershire County Council
Margaret Willcox, executive director of adult social care, Gloucestershire County Council
Kim Forey, director of integration, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group