Carers Rights Day, an annual beacon of recognition and advocacy, is set to unfold on Thursday, 23rd November, 2023. This significant initiative, spearheaded by Carers UK, shines a light on the often-overlooked role of unpaid carers who dedicate their time and energy to supporting their loved ones. This year, the focus is on “Your Rights: Today, Tomorrow, and in the Future,” underlining the enduring commitment to understanding and championing the rights of these unsung heroes.

In 2022, Carers Rights Day delved into the theme of “Caring Costs,” revealing the profound financial, physical, and mental toll experienced by family carers. The Carers Trust survey results, unveiled on 29th November, underscored the challenges magnified by the cost-of-living crisis. The day aimed to raise awareness of the struggles faced by carers, making them cognisant of their rights and fostering local support.

Carers UK, a stalwart advocate for carers’ rights, continues its tireless campaigns for improved conditions. From championing flexible working arrangements and healthcare priority to securing discrimination protection and paving the way for the upcoming Carer’s Leave Act in 2024, the organisation takes a comprehensive approach. Carers UK seeks not only recognition but also support and enhanced conditions for carers through continuous advocacy efforts.

Diverse organisations actively engage in Carers Rights Day by organising events, launching social media campaigns, and providing valuable resources to empower carers. These events serve as platforms for unpaid carers to articulate their challenges, contributing suggestions that foster a sense of community and understanding.

Carers, regardless of age, possess rights that encompass a free flu vaccine, discrimination protection, Carer’s Assessment, and hospital discharge consultation. These rights are pivotal for ensuring the well-being of carers and the quality of care they provide to their loved ones. Even those unable to attend events can contribute through online forms or by contacting relevant organisations for information.

Research by Carers UK indicates that many carers miss out on support due to delayed recognition of their role, impacting their health and finances. Encouragingly, there is a positive trend with a 10% increase in first-year recognition, showcasing the tangible impact of awareness campaigns. Carers UK aims to reach and inform 6.5 million UK carers about their rights and available support, ensuring that caregivers are not alone in their journey.

Carers Rights Day 2023 stands as a testament to the ongoing efforts to recognise, support, and empower unpaid carers. The collaborative initiatives, diverse themes, and unwavering commitment of organisations like Carers UK showcase a collective determination to improve the lives of those who silently contribute to the well-being of their loved ones. As we mark this day, let us not only acknowledge the rights of carers but also strive to create a society that values and supports these unsung heroes, today, tomorrow, and in the future.