Cllr Danny Adilypour is the Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care (job share), and a councillor in Streatham South ward.
Carers do an enormous amount of unpaid work for their families and for the loved ones that they care for – with an estimated 20,000 carers in the borough of Lambeth alone, they support our most vulnerable residents and advocate on their behalf.
But carers needs us on their side – the pandemic has put additional burdens on them, meaning they are struggling even more to make ends meet, feeling the toll that caring has taken on their physical and mental health and becoming increasingly isolated. And it is even more difficult for young carers, who often get bullied at school by those who do not understand their experience and miss school due to their caring responsibilities.
There are now an estimated 13.6 million people providing unpaid care in the UK and I fully support the Make Caring Visible campaign to recognise the incredible support these carers are providing in their local communities.
That’s why this Carers Week we want to raise awareness of caring in Lambeth and the challenges that unpaid carers face. They rise to the challenge every day and have done so even more during the pandemic – continuing to show kindness and compassion in increasingly difficult circumstances. I would like to thank all of our carers for the work that you do every day and for the resilience that you continue to show.
Lastly, support is always available to you if you need it. You do not have to suffer in silence, so please reach out to fantastic local organisations like the Carers Hub who can offer you support, advice and guidance when you need it: https://www.carershub.org.uk/.
Cllr Danny Adilypour