ADASS pays tribute to carers at the beginning of the 2012 Carers' Week

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 15th June 2012
Embargo: 00.01 hrs, Monday 18th June 2012

Carers week takes off today focusing on the theme of 'in sickness and in health' and on how the caring role impacts on carers own health and wellbeing. Countrywide, events will be held to support this extremely important issue.

According to Joe Blott, Chair of the ADASS Carers Network said: Nobody knows the precise number of carers that there are in England. Some estimates put the number at six million, with some 1.25 million caring for more than 50 hours a week.

We do know, though,  there are many, many carers who do not get the help or support they require and deserve. And that caring to whatever intensity can have serious impacts on the carers own health and wellbeing.

We in ADASS are committed to ensuring that local authorities and their partners provide continuous help and support to local carers, which is why events like these are so important. As well as pledging our support, we want carers to know how valued they are and to let them know that additional help is there should they need it.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Joe Blott, Chair, ADASS Carers Network, 01925 444095
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.