Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, pledged her support to thousands of carers across the constituency as part of the national Carers Week 2015.
The annual awareness campaign ran from 8-14 June this year and called on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to take action to help build ‘carer-friendly communities’ that consider and support their needs.
Mrs Abrahams said: “There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which 11,076 are in the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency.
“Without the right help and support, caring can have a devastating impact. Carers can quickly become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard.
“I know from providing respite care for my mother how difficult caring for a loved one can be, as well as also being extremely rewarding.”
Research for Carers Week revealed the variation in the support and recognition carers experience across the country is putting their health and ability to support the people they care for at risk.
Mrs Abrahams added: “Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do.
“That is why I am supporting this initiative to encourage services in our community to think about the needs of carers and reach out to them and help ensure they don’t miss out on support.”
Carers Week Manager Diana Walles said: “It’s fantastic to see MPs like Debbie supporting carers.
“Families are increasingly taking on caring roles for older, ill or disabled loved ones, yet still struggle for recognition and support from health and care services and in their communities.”
Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and MS Society.
To find out more careers week visit www.carersweek.org