This year’s theme is making caring 'Visible, Valued and Supported'. By focusing on the challenges faced by carers and the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK, Leonardo can demonstrate its support to its people who are carers – for children, partners, parents, friends or other family members.
Anne McCluskey, who co-chairs Leonardo UK’s Carers Network, explains: “While the pandemic affected everyone in some way, it had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided, but because of the far-reaching effects that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
“As a carer myself, I know how important it is that carers have support from their employer and are recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing. Additionally, carers must be respected for everything they do, and be provided with information and the support they need to care safely.”
Who is a carer?
A carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring's impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.
What’s happening at Leonardo during Carers Week 2022?
- Monday 6 June – launch of a survey to all the members of the Carers Network, to find out how the group can provide better support
- Tuesday 7 June – with the focus on ‘work and employment’, there will be a 'Care for a Cuppa' webex drop-in for all Carers Network members
- Wednesday 8 June – a 45-minute awareness-raising webex for Leonardo’s People Leaders, starting at 2pm, tying in with the theme of ‘making carers visible, valued and supported’
- Thursday 9 June – all early careers colleagues and their managers are invited to learn about ‘young carers’ – who they are, what skills they have – and dispel myths and stigma. This will be led by Technical Apprentice, Melissa Hobbs.
- All sites will have a Carers Network stand throughout the week, where staff can pick up guides and further information, including details of Leonardo's Employers for Carers membership