It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
Carers Week 2021
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.
So during Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Caring's impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.
Carers' Voice and Northamptonshire Carers
There are organisations to support you as a carer in Northamptonshire.
Carers' Voice Northamptonshire is a county-wide organisation, working with Healthwatch Northamptonshire, aiming to improve the services available to Carers' by seeking Carers' views and opinions and making sure they get heard.
Northamptonshire Carers aim to offer a comprehensive support service to Carers within their contracted geographical areas and in collaboration or close partnership with organisations that complement the service they deliver.