Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones visited Carers’ Resource to discuss the needs of unpaid carers, in the run-up to Carers Week.
The charity supports unpaid carers; anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction or frailty.
Andrew Jones met Helen Prince, Head of Young Carers and Families, and Sam Dawson, Head of Care at Carers’ Resource, in a visit to the charity’s Harrogate base on June 1.
The theme of this year’s Carers Week is ‘Recognising and supporting carers in the community’.
Mr Jones said: “I want to hear first-hand the experience of carers and the organisations – like Carers’ Resource – that support them. I will take the issues raised to Government ministers to inform policy going forward. It is important that we offer the best possible coordinated support to carers across all Government departments. This meeting was a valuable part of ensuring that happens.”
Helen Prince said: “We were grateful for the opportunity to discuss the importance of recognising and supporting unpaid carers. We were able to raise a number of challenges faced by young and adult carers, including access to health services and issues with the Carers’ Allowance. We also raised the issue of recruitment in the care sector as a whole.
“We’d like to thank Andrew Jones MP for taking the time to listen to us, and hopefully help improve support for unpaid carers in the future.”
Carers’ Resource is planning a range of events and activities across Harrogate, Craven, Bradford and Selby districts, to mark Carers Week, from June 5-11.
To find out the most up to date information about Carers Week events, and for details on booking events, click here: www.carersresource.org/carers-week-2023
Alternatively call Carers’ Resource on 0808 50 15 939 for more information.