Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland entered into a 12-month partnership with Carers UK in July last year that is now going to be extended to 3 years.
The UK Carers partnership with Rotary will help make caring visible across the country; working with Rotary members and volunteers to raise awareness of caring and Carers UK
Across the UK there are estimated to be 13.6 million unpaid Carers (1 in 4 adults of the UK adult population). Their unstinting care saves the treasury around £530 million each year.
Who are these Carers?
They are mostly family members – husbands, wives, sons, daughters, and parents. Many do not even recognize themselves as Carers.
Why is it important to reach out to them?
Caring can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, finances, relationships, and plans. The biggest challenge they have is the negative impact on their physical and mental health.
It takes over half of Carers over a year to reach out for support. By that time, they are at breaking point. So we need to reach them sooner!!!
How do we find them?
Some may be members of your club, your neighbours, members of your church, WI, walking group, U3A – just look at your personal networks
What can Carers UK do for them?
Offer advice, information, and support. Connect them with other Carers. Campaign for their rights.
How can Rotarians help?
Find these Carers and tell them about Carers UK (free for them to join). Give talks to clubs/organizations or invite me along to do so. However, YOU get involved as well by signing up as an Ambassador and helping me to reach more people. It’s not an onerous job, just a bit of signposting – as much or as little as you have time to do.
What will you get?
In order for you to deliver a presentation, we provide you with briefing notes and resources to help you, a handbook, as well as meetings with other Ambassadors, a ready prepared PowerPoint presentation and a lot of encouragement!
So how many Ambassadors do we need? The answer is as many as possible, there is no limit! Let D1100 Lead the Way!!
Please contact me if you have any questions and when you have signed up. LindaClarke@rwbRotary.club 07708 961 073
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