Carers Awareness Week 2024

Do you care for a family member, friend or partner? 
10 June 2024 
A man pushing an older man in a wheelchair through a park.
Helen Foster is the Social Wellbeing Specialist at the Film and TV Charity

Are you part of nearly half of carers working in the screen sector saying they don’t refer to themselves as a carer? As part of Carers Awareness Week, we want to shine a light on the incredible work carers do and highlight the support available that could help you manage your work and caring responsibilities. 

Carers provide essential support to loved ones across the country and save the economy of England and Wales around £162 billion per year. One in seven people in the workplace in the UK juggle work and care, with 75% of this group worrying about managing their responsibilities against their work (stats from Carers UK). Our Money Matters report also showed that 57% of those in our industry with caring responsibilities for other adults were finding it very or quite difficult to manage financially.

Who is a carer?

Generally, a carer is anyone who provides unpaid help, practical, and emotional support to a partner, relative, friend, or neighbour who is seriously ill, disabled, unable to cope alone or experiencing alcohol or addiction issues. Carers may or may not live with the person they care for, a person may have more than one carer, and a carer might even care for more than one person.

It can hard to recognise that you’re a carer. You might see yourself as a partner, friend, or sibling, rather than their carer. To see if you may be a carer, you can use this tool from Marie Curie.

Why is it important to know you are a carer?

Recognising you are a carer may open up financial support, such as those listed by Carers UK and Carers Trust. Carers UK also provide practical support, while you can also find people to talk to when things get tough through groups such as Film and TV Carer’s Club. In your area you may also be able to get a carers’ passport which can help with identification and may offer useful discounts.

If you are finding it hard to balance caring with paid employment, you have the right to ask your employer about flexible working arrangements and carer’s leave. Job sharing, such as sites listed on Raising Films can also help those who are trying to balance caring responsibilities with their careers in film and TV.

How can the Charity help?

Caring can bring emotional stress and burnout, so if you feel you need to talk to someone reach out to, our Support Line is here for you on 0800 054 0000. You can also access up to six free counselling and our other services. 

You can also access 1–2‑1 support via our Coaching with work and wellbeing advice service, which could include helping you access the help you need. 

For support with the financial pressures that come with caring and working in our industry you can access financial support and may be eligible for our Stop-Gap Grants.

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