About Kent Carers Matter

 

Kent Carers Matter is a campaign developed by Carers FIRST, Carers’ Support - Ashford, Shepway & Swale, Carers’ Support – Canterbury, Dover & Thanet, Crossroads Care Kent and Involve Kent to:

  • raise the profile of Carers in Kent
  • increase access to Carer services
  • support health and social care professionals to identify and refer Carers to services earlier
  • provide more opportunities for Carers to engage with and have their say about local and national issues that affect them.

ABOUT CARERS 

  • There are over 6.5 million Carers in the UK (Census 2011)
  • Around 1 in 9 adults in Kent (151,000 people) are Carers. (Census 2011)
  • A Carer is someone who looks after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who due to physical or mental illness, disability, age related difficulties or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
  • Not everyone who is a Carer uses the term Carer to describe themselves. As a result, they may not be aware of or access the support and services available to them.
  • Carers are unpaid and are not the same as paid care workers.
  • Carers provide a valuable and often invisible role in society.
  • Many Carers combine their caring role with paid work.
  • 3 in 5 people will become a Carer at some point in their lives. Carers are all ages and from all backgrounds.
  • Looking after yourself as a Carer is important. The earlier Carers access services, the less their caring role impacts on their own health and well-being.
  • Health and social care professionals in all settings have an important role to play in identifying Carers early, valuing their input, recognising their support needs and referring on to appropriate services.

CAMPAIGN

Help us to promote Kent Carers Matter

To get the campaign messages out as widely as possible in Kent we need your help.

Distribute Kent Carers Matter campaign leaflets

     

Kent Carers Matters campaign leaflets, one for health/social care professionals, one for the public are being distributed in Kent during early 2018. You can download and use these electronically by clicking the images above.

If you would like to receive hard copies of either of these leaflets please contact the Carer organisation in your area.

Include Kent Carers Matter in your communications

If your organisation has a newsletter, e-bulletin, website for either the public or health/social care staff, please include content about Kent Carers Matter with a link to the website www.kentcarersmatter.co.uk.

Add a Kent Carers Matter button link to your website

We have created a button which you can add to your website. Simply copy and paste the HTML code next to the button logo below to add it to your website.

<a href="https://www.kentcarersmatter.co.uk" title="Visit the Kent Carers Matter website"><img src="https://www.kentcarersmatter.co.uk/wp-content/themes/kent-carers-matter/images/kcm-button.gif" alt="Kent Carers Matter" /></a>

Like Kent Carers Matter Facebook page

Follow Kent Carers Matters on Facebook here, like the page and share our posts.

Promote Kent Carers Matter on Twitter

Use our hashtag #kentcarersmatter when you’re tweeting about Carer issues in Kent.

Invite speakers from Carer organisations in Kent

Whether you are an employer, a GP practice, a health or social care setting or a community group, we’re happy to come and talk about Carers, support available and how to make your organisation more Carer-friendly. Check out support in your area to get contact details for your local Carer organisations.

Use the Kent Carers Matter infographic

Please feel free to download and use the Kent Carers Matter infographic we have developed for the campaign wherever you can. 

Media

If you are a journalist and would like to cover the Kent Carers Matter campaign we can provide spokespeople from Carer organisations and Carers for you to interview. Please get in touch.