Next week, 5-11 June, is Carers Week. This annual campaign aims to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The week is also important as it helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
If you aren't sure if you are a carer, the team behind Carers Week say:
"A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. It isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support."
If you care for a friend or family member in Plymouth, we want to help.
We've teamed up with Barclays to host a drop-in so you can access free advice on financial, skills, training and job support available locally.
When: Monday 5 June
What time: 10am-12noon
Where: on the first floor of Barclays in the city centre.
There's no need to book, just pop in. If you can't make it, please do email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to arrange an appointment for another time to better suit you.