UK Carers

How Being a Carer Has Changed My Life

Jude Coy | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

Cancer, illness, disease. It does change everything but when you finally stop and accept what is happening to your family, you can't help but reassess your priorities. Nothing else in life really matters in the face of something so huge. It's the patient who matters. It's the patient's family who matter. It's you who is important.

Should Free Time Be a Right?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Goulder

These people can be of any age, ethnicity or gender. They always put someone else's needs and welfare before their own, often without recognition or praise. Many have little chance to socialise, which can lead to isolation; and they have an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Who am I talking about? The UK's 'hidden workforce' of unpaid carers.

Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting Their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

Moira Fraser | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Imagine you're an unpaid carer. You look after a family member. You cook for them, clean their house, do the washing, and look after the finances. Done all that? Now repeat - only for yourself. In between those tasks you go out to work to pay the bills, make sure your children are ferried to and from school, and, occasionally, catch some shut eye.

Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Someone With Mental Health Problems

Habiba Khanom | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

If you are a friend or a loved one of someone with a mental health condition, you would know that it is not easy. You may have tried many times to help them but you seem to be failing each time. As worried as you are for them, you feel frustrated and hopeless. You may feel you cannot deal with them. So you give up and attempt to cut all ties and leave them. If you are friend or a loved one with a mental health condition reading this now, please do not give up on them.

Too Busy for a Break

Iona Shanks | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

We live in a fast paced world and it seems there is really no other lane in life to live than the fast lane. That saying comes to mind "if you're not fast you're last" when I think about how quickly everything is done today, technology really is a blessing and a curse.

Tube Strikes and Dairy Deals - Solidarity or Subsidy?

Dave Clements | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

The travelling public should not grumble about the temporary inconvenience of longer journeys to and from work. Shake them by the hand. By defending their own interests and striving for more for themselves, they are standing up for us all. Good on 'em I say!

Ignorance Is Far From Bliss

Iona Shanks | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

Many charities not just in the UK, but all over the world would suffer if not for awareness campaigns. Every year there are weeks and months dedicated to raising awareness for illnesses, diseases and charitable organisations...

Don't Cheat Generations Out of Early Dementia Diagnosis

Helen McEntire | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Helen McEntire

Having an early diagnosis gives a person a modicum of control to plan and make informed decisions while they are able to. What's the alternative? Skipping those chapters of choice and jumping straight to the deepest part of the condition. That's cheating future generations out of quality dementia care.

It's Time to Change the Perceptions of Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's a pivotal time for the care sector. As people live longer and require more support to live life to the full in old age, the shortfall in carers is expected to reach 718,000 by 2025. We need to rise to the challenges of our ageing population, but in order to do so, we need to challenge the frankly tired and out-dated perceptions of care.

Abandoned, Without a Voice

Angela Harman | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Angela Harman

I have three children, all of whom have a disability. I would not change my children for the world, but I think there is significant change needed to the system of support to make it easier for parents like me to cope and ensure that they get the right care in the future.

Let's Translate Carers' Stories Into Meaningful Action to Improve Lives

Carys Roberts | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
Carys Roberts

Amongst the numbers, economic measures of contribution and technical policy analysis sometimes the stories and reasons behind policy can get lost. Policymakers - both elected and civil - should make sure they talk to people at the sharp end and heart of our care system, so that decisions are based on a full understanding of the realities for carers and their families.

If You're in the Carer's Chair You Must Get the Respite Right

Ben Moore | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Ben Moore

You can rarely rely on time to deliver you events conveniently, can you? It's carers week this week so it would have been really useful if I could have blogged about the hospital appointment I have to go to with my wife and the amount of time we have had to wait for it...

Lucy Sherriff

This 24-Year-Old Full-Time Carer May Be Britain's Most Devoted Husband | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Caring for a partner is something you don't envisage doing until later life, but for Paul Davies it's a lifestyle he has had to learn to cope with at ...

It's Not Easy Being a Young Carer but What's the Alternative?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nicky Goulder

Young carers already face barriers in accessing support: not seeking help for fear of family breakup is a common occurrence. No one should be made to feel ashamed to be a young carer, just as an unwell or disabled family member should never be made to feel guilty about their condition.

Carers Are Hidden Heroes

Naomi Barrow | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

My Dad is a carer - he cares for Mum. We're lucky in that Mum is relatively independent at the moment, she can do most things herself... Carers are incredible, they really are. They are hidden, hardworking and humble. Please try and notice them this week. Please reach out to them. If anyone deserves an hour of your time, it's them.

Every Generation's Responsibility - Meeting the Care Needs of London's Older People

Ivan Massow | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

The generations that came before us endured so much that we may enjoy a London full of freedom, culture and history. We as a City, together, owe it to them to work hard, to constantly find ways to effectively care for each generation as it grows older.

How 'Admiral Joe' Could Transform Dementia Support

Beth Britton | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Beth Britton

Admiral Nurses are to dementia what Macmillan nurses are to cancer: specialists in their field, and an invaluable resource to families. Furthermore, in the desperate need to provide more integrated services for families affected by dementia,

What Makes a Hard Working Family?

Helena Herklots | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Helena Herklots

Throughout the election campaign we have heard a lot about 'hard working people' and 'hard working families'. But who are the hard working people of whom politicians speak?

What I Learnt Caring for My Partner With Cancer

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Juliet Bouverie

Ten years later, what are my reflections on my experience as a carer? First, I never saw myself as a carer. The word 'carer' implies forced responsibilities. I was simply and overwhelmingly John's girlfriend who only wanted the best for him. We had wonderful times together - cancer isn't all bad - and his illness only made us appreciate each other even more.

The Mentality of Mental Health

Iona Shanks | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

Mental health affects millions of people all over the world and whether you're caring for somebody who suffers from a mental health condition or you feel you may be suffering from a mental health issue yourself, one thing that is important is finding information that will help you to understand these conditions in more detail because knowledge is power.

Selfless Carers Are the Unsung Heroes of Our Health and Care System

Paul Burstow | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Most of us say we would do anything for our loved ones. And we mean it - we all know instinctively how precious our relationships are and how much they contribute to a life well lived. But when family and friends start to need more and more help to maintain their quality of life, the reality of doing anything, and providing support day in, day out, can take a very heavy toll.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

Why Young Carers Desperately Need More Support

PA | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Young carers need to be given more support in school and college to help them fulfil their potential, according to a teachers' union. Around half (...

Do Family Carers Really Save the Government Money?

Simon Stevens | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

While a family member may feel they are looking after someone 24 hours a day, the reality is many activities of so-called care are a normal part of family life, like preparing meals, laundry and going shopping.

College Rejects Scottish Student... Because She's 'Not From The UK'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Scottish student has been left in shock after being rejected from an English college - because they said Scotland wasn't part of the UK. The 26-y...