Help for carers this Carer’s Week 2024

This week, 10-16 June, is Carer’s Week 2024, a national campaign to highlight the work of the millions of people in the UK who care for a friend or family member unpaid.

In a survey of family resources between 2021 and 2022, seven per cent of the UK population were informal caregivers – that’s 4.9 million people.

At MS-UK, we have lots of resources to help carers, including useful information about how to access care services, including getting a care needs assessment and what is included in the assessment, the help you may be able to get, care costs, care in your own home, care homes and more. And don’t forget our Caregiver’s Peer Pod where you can meet other people who understand and can offer support.

Our Helpline is available for anyone affected by MS, including carers. Call 0800 783 0518 Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm – our helpline officers will offer a wealth of information and emotional support.

MS-UK is aware that loneliness and isolation can be an issue for people living with MS. Local, grass roots community groups and organisations can help in a variety of ways. Whether your goal is to join a group and expand your social and support networks, increase your activity levels, explore an interest or get help with applying for benefits or filling in forms, there are likely to be organisations that can help in your local community.