Today I pledged my support to carers across Inverclyde as part of the national Carers Week 2016 awareness campaign, which runs from 6-12th June.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which 8,252 carers are in Inverclyde.
The seven charities driving Carers Week 2016 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to improve the lives of carers by building ‘Carer Friendly Communities’ – encouraging all parts of the community to think about carers and do things differently to support them.
Carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members.
That is why I am supporting Carers Week 2016 and encouraging services across Inverclyde to think about what more they can do to help meet the needs of carers and make our communities more Carer Friendly.