To highlight this years Carers Week theme of Making Caring Visible, we asked carers to send us to something that reflected life as a carer during lockdown. Having faces, real stories and experiences of caring helps us all to understand the reality of life for carers.
We know the stats, we know that 74,000 people in Leeds are looking after someone who relies on them. But stats can never demonstrate the hard work that carers undertake, their resilience and the impact of caring.
Thank you to every carer who shared your experience. Caring during this crisis and clearly brought many new challenges but one thing that connects each experience is a clear dedication and love for the people you care for.
So, let’s take a look at what carers across Leeds have sent us….
We know that around 10% of every workforce balance their job with caring for a loved one. We have a dedicated service to support working carers, and we work with employers to help businesses put systems in place so no-one has to give up work. There’s still a long way to go and some carers feel they have no choice but to leave their job so they can care.
Here Jackie talks about her very challenging role caring for her husband during lockdown after giving up work.
To find out more about our work supporting carers of younger people with dementia, visit this page: www.carersleeds.org.uk/our-support-service/carers-of-people-with-dementia/
Here are some quotes from carers about their lockdown experiences
In the final of our carer experiences, here is a lovely poem written by a carer from our dementia support group.