Working to ensure carers receive required support

Mr Weir is pictured with representatives from Parkinsons UK, MacMillan Cancer Care and MS Society.

Mr Weir is pictured with representatives from Parkinsons UK, MacMillan Cancer Care and MS Society.

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Local MP Mike Weir has pledged support to carers across Angus as part of Carers Week, which will run from June 9 to June 15.

One in eight adults are carers but the nature of caring, supporting a loved one facing ill-health or disability, means too often people do not identify themselves as carers and miss out on support.

Without the right help caring can have a serious impact on their physical and emotional health, work and finances.

Carers Week Quest 2014 is calling on individuals and organisations across the UK - including community groups, GPs, health and social care professionals, employers - to connect with families in their local communities who are providing care.

Mr Weir met with Carers Week supporter charities in Parliament, including Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK.

He said: “Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do - without carers the UK would face a £119 billion care bill. That is why I am supporting this campaign to reach out to carers across Angus and help ensure they don’t miss out on support.”

Events will be taking place across the UK during Carers Week in June, to provide carers with advice, information and support with caring. To find out more about events in Angus visit www.carersweek.org