18 November 2021

Carers Rights Day will be held on Thursday 25 November, and we hope you will join us in recognising and supporting the day.

Carers have the right to….

This year’s campaign focuses on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. Carers need to know their rights: whether they are in the workplace, a healthcare setting, or interacting with professionals. Carers faced additional challenges from impacts of the Covid pandemic, taking on more caring responsibilities, access to services affected, and limited respite from managing work and care.

In a recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers, CarersUK found:

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions

That’s why it’s more important than ever for carers to understand their rights and are able to access support when they need it.

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On the day, CNWL’s Carers at Work (CAW) Network have planned a series of virtual workshops:

  • Make sure to join the CAW Network to officially launch the Carers Passport (Workplace Adjustment Plan)
  • The CAW Network is holding the popular ‘Helping Managers Support Working Carers’ workshop and ‘Lunch and Learn’ session with CarersUK
  • We’ve lined up a special ‘Open Mic Session’ in collaboration with the BAME Staff Network. Come along to discuss being a BAME carer a work, and how CNWL is supporting our working carers
  • Michael Appleton (CNWL’s Senior Psychotherapist, Adult Psychology Service) will host the ‘Self-compassion for Working Carers’ workshop

Click here to see the full programme. All virtual joining links are included in the weekly bulletin.

If you’re joining Carers Rights Day across social media, send us your photos by tagging @CNWLNHS and include the hashtag #CarersRightsDay #CNWLCarers

The Carers at Work Network is run by staff who are carers themselves, and they are here to answer any questions you have. They offer support, information and education sessions. CNWL staff can contact the Network at: cnw-tr.carers.cnwl@nhs.net.