Our call for a Recovery & Respite Plan for Unpaid Carers
June 10, 2022
As this week is Carers Week, there has never been a more important time to recognise, value and support the thousands of individuals caring for their loved ones.
This is particularly relevant for our community, as the on-going effect of the pandemic has seen approximately 10.6 million people now supporting a relative, close friend or neighbour because of a chronic condition like M.E/CFS. Furthermore, the number of people providing substantial care has risen by 42% across the UK since the start of the pandemic. At Action for M.E., we have found it incredibly poignant to hear that more than 4.6 million unpaid carers are concerned about their physical and mental health. In light of this, we want to raise support in calling for the Government to develop a Recovery and Respite Plan for Unpaid Carers.
Building on the progress made so far, we hope to continue to work collaboratively with policymakers to ensure positive changes are on the horizon for people living with M.E. as well as their parents and carers.
Don't forget you can connect with our Information and Support team for support and/or resources from someone who understands M.E., and/or email, and to self-refer to our Family Support, Advocacy and Healthcare Services.