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Unpaid carers seven times more likely to be lonely

New research has revealed unpaid carers are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general population.

The research, released for Carers Week 2019 (10–16 June) means one in three unpaid carers are always or often lonely, compared with just one in twenty of the general population.

Raising awareness of carers in Parliament

Together with six other charities we'll be in parliament this afternoon talking to MPs about this research, and about the challenges carers face every day. We'll also be calling for better financial, emotional and practical support for carers

Zena, who cares for her mum who has MS, and Charley and her dad Doug who lives with MS, will be among those speaking to MPs about their experiences.

Getting carers connected

Carers Week (10-16 June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face, while also celebrating the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The theme for this year is getting carers connected.

You can tweet your support using #CarersWeek.

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Caring for someone with MS

Zena looks after her mum Nikki who has MS.

Watch this video to learn a bit about their journey together and how they keep smiling. You can see an audio described version of this video on YouTube
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