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Carers Week helps us highlight the stresses and strains working carers face every day

Date: 11 June 2015 Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett welcomes Carers Week, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities.
Usdaw supports working carers and provides an advice booklet that details rights and entitlements which has recently been updated and is available online.

Is worry tying you up in knots is the theme for this year’s Supporting Parents and Carers Campaign and the focus of the Usdaw Spotlight Day on Wednesday 24June 2015. Help to promote the campaign by signing up to our Thunderclap. It is a quick and easy way to spread the message to all your Facebook friend and twitter followers.

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “We understand that many of our members are juggling paid work with caring for a disabled partner, relative or other adult that needs their support.

“Many carers feel under pressure at work and at home; having to cope with changes to hours, rising food and fuel bills and changes to benefits. When times are tough people can feel anxious and worried, which can in turn affect their mental health.

“We encourage carers who feel under pressure to talk to their union sooner rather than later. We can help to make a difference by ensuring they get the advice and support they need. Usdaw also seeks to work with employers to develop policies and procedures that support staff worried about their mental health.

“This week we take time to recognise the huge contribution that carers make to their families and wider society, but every day Usdaw is there to support, advise and represent our members with their caring responsibilities.”

Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 433,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
For Usdaw press releases visit: www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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