Within schools, discussion of such caring roles would be a good start, helping all young people understand the reality of other people's lives. Most of all, we need to make sure they are able to be young.
As a caregiver for older people for the last seven years I've learned so much but one of the most valuable lessons is how
During the first year-or-so of my University degree, I worked part time locally as a residential care assistant for people
Comments are often made that we have become a 'less caring' society and that families are 'caring less'. However, the facts are in the opposite direction - families are caring more, not less, and that trend has been continuing over the last 20 years. The overall number of carers has increased by around 1 million over the past 15 years, from 5.8 million to an estimated 6.8 million. Over a decade, numbers of carers grew by 11% - far outstripping population growth.
As we move closer together on this contracting globe, as we encounter difference more and more, and open our eyes, ears, taste buds and hearts to other cultures, I feel that the way we care about others truly deserves some attention.
In A Caring Britain We'd Be Treating Badgers, Foxes And Hen Harriers - And People - Very Differently
We're at a time of great change now, of tremendous possibility. The cruel neoliberal, neo-Thatcherite policies that have dominated Britain in the past four decades are clearly on their way out, and there's an opportunity to build something new.
I think it was fifteen years ago when my wife first told me she had been abused as a child. I was 21 and I had no idea what to do.
1. Getting Older Is Financially Frightening No matter how much money they might have, considering covering the expenses associated
In answer to the question, no women do not better parents than men. There are, of course, bad dads in the world and there are also bad mothers. I just don't think society gives men the opportunities to prove what great parents they can be. This is simply because the overwhelming responsibility for raising children almost always falls on women and this starts at birth.
I've never thought of myself as a carer but when my dad was discharged from hospital care, after choosing to spend the last months of his life at home, he was cared for by myself and our family as we were the people that were there day in, day out. I'm one of five children, and three siblings already lived close by, but my sister and I moved home to be there too.
I will go for a drink with my nursing colleagues and talk about you and how sad it makes me, what you went through, how brave you were and how you inspired me. I will keep your story with me forever, joining my ever growing library of patients that I have cared for with cancer.
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.
I'm not saying that you have to care about every single thing, but caring enough to give this issue a little thought, and caring enough to let people know what you think, can create the open channel of communication, which is key to building relationships.
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...
I rather suspect that sharing doesn't come naturally to children, but as parents we want to teach our young to be generous
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.
I can sympathise you want a professional pay package to compensate you for the sacrifice you have made in public service. I can only apologise that sacrificing my own professional career to continue the care of my disabled brother, saving the tax payer £80,000 a year, was not enough to keep you in the manner you wish to be accustomed.
Forget the innovative pregnancy announcements on YouTube, one couple decided to share some big news of their own using a
A teenager undergoing chemotherapy has been inundated with photographs of half a million virtual therapy dogs from well wishers
We have a special visitor from abroad with us at present, who is taking a much needed holiday. "Why is he special?" I hear