Falkirk West MSP, Michael Matheson, has highlighted Carers Week which takes place from 18 to 24 June this year, by attending a question and answer session at the Falkirk Carers Centre. The event champions the 517,000 unpaid carers in Scotland who look after a family member, a friend or a partner; who needs help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘In Sickness and In Health’.
Activities will include measuring the impact caring has had on the health and well-being of carers through an online survey.

Welcoming the event at their Bank Street Centre local MSP Mr Matheson said :

“ This is an excellent annual event because it recognises the valuable role that carers play within their families, communities and in our Scottish nation. I was delighted to meet with constituents who have caring responsibilities and answer their questions.

“ The role of carers is set to become even more important as our population ages and carer’s week is a timely reminder for people of the invaluable work that is already being undertaken.

” In Government the Scottish Government continues to work hard to support carers by beating their manifesto promise of 10,000 weeks respite care, extending the Energy Assistance Package which helps push the cost of 7,000 carers’ heating bills down and, most recently providing additional support for young carers. We are not complacent however and we will continue to seek new ways to support carers.

“ Details of events happening across Scotland and more information about Carers Week are available from the Carers Week website at www.carersweek.org. I would encourage as many people as possible to have a look at the wealth of information on the site, including important information on support that is currently available for carers.”