As part of National Carers Week (June 6-12), Carers in Bedfordshire is launching a campaign to encourage more male carers to sign up for help.
Their men care too The campaign aims to reach male carers who might not be aware of the help available to them. The charity posts leaflets through doors and creates social media adverts to target unpaid male carers.
Figures from Carers UK reveal that 42% of unpaid carers are men, but Carers in Bedfordshire says only 27% of carers registered with them are men. This figure is reduced to only 8% when it comes to helping parents.
A carer is a person who takes care, without pay, of a family member or friend who, due to illness, disability, additional needs, mental health problem or addiction, cannot cope without their support, or needs extra help as they age.
As part of the campaign, the charity is also hosting a series of special mental health talks for male caregivers over the coming months, with the first starting on June 15, during Men’s Health Week.
Chief Executive Chris Stelling said: ‘We are running the Men Care Too campaign to encourage men in caring roles to register with us, so they know who to turn to if they need help. information or advice to support them in their caring role. , or it becomes too much.
“Research from the Carers Trust shows that male carers are less likely to seek help if they are having difficulty. We hope these events will be an opportunity for male carers to talk to other men in similar situations and hear about the practicalities of caring from a male perspective.
Chris said many carers don’t see themselves as taking on this role. “They’re just doing what they can for a parent, partner, child, relative or friend.
“But if that person could not cope without your support, you are a helper and we encourage you to register with us so that you too can be supported, visible and valued.
“If you recognize a male in your life as a caregiver, encourage him to register with us. Especially dads, stepdads, grandfathers or male guardians of a child with special needs additional.
Carers in Bedfordshire is supporting Carers UK’s campaign to call on the government to provide additional support for carers – including breaks, respite and care services, infection control, carer identification, financial aid and a support to juggle work and care, helping to mitigate the impact that care can have on the physical and mental health of carers.
You can find more information about the Men Care Too campaign on the Carers in Bedfordshire website here.