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9 June 2015

Recognising the contribution of carers

This week is Carers Week (8 -14 June), an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Caring for people with epilepsy

Caring is an issue which also concerns Epilepsy Society. Our 'Connecting with carers' report of 2012, showed needs of carers of people with epilepsy were being completely underestimated. The report, funded by the Department of Health, was the first to address why caring for someone with epilepsy is different to caring for people with other long term conditions.

Said Amanda Cleaver, the charity's communications and campaigns manager: 'Our research shows that epilepsy is a condition that poses unique challenges to carers. Epilepsy Society understands that being a carer can be both rewarding and stressful. How people feel about it can change from day to day, moment to moment, but sources of help and support are available.'

Recognising the contribution of carers

Carers Week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK's 6.5 million carers. Read (opens new window) about this year's focus.