Letter: Shine a light on the unpaid carers of Northern Ireland driving themselves to physical breaking point, poverty and despair

A letter from Craig Harrison:
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Over 220,000 people are providing unpaid care for sick or disabled family members across Northern Ireland today. They’re often doing so at a severe personal cost – driving themselves to physical breaking point, poverty and despair as they keep our health service afloat with little-to-no support in return.

Carers NI’s annual State of Caring survey seeks to shine a light on these experiences and give a voice to carers. It covers a wide range of themes, including carers’ finances, health, wellbeing and more – helping to build a picture of unpaid caring and highlighting the biggest challenges facing our carer population.

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We’d encourage as many carers as possible to complete the survey and help generate the evidence we need to make a case for change to Stormont. It is available online at: www.tinyurl.com/StateofCaringNI23 or contact Carers NI on 0808 808 7575 and ask for a copy to be posted out.

Craig Harrison, Carers NI

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