Time to Care for our Unpaid Carers

08 Jun 2020

8 – 14 June is Carers Week and 4.5 million additional people are caring for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends since the Covid-19 pandemic. This is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers who were already caring before the outbreak, bringing the total to 13.6 million. Carers are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public, according to a survey commissioned for Carers Week (8-14 June) by charities.

This year, for Carer’s Week, Jewish Care, AJR (Association of Jewish Refugees) and JAMI have made a film for our carers, who are caring for the most vulnerable and often feel invisible. Together, we are putting carers in the spotlight so they can feel our support and know that they are always visible to us, and what they do as carers is hugely appreciated. We hope they will take a little bit of time out to nurture their own sense of well-being and will feel better, less alone and isolated. You can watch the film on YouTube youtu.be/hpmjQo4ZBwY


The three organisations each have their own specialist knowledge and understand how best to support carers with different needs, such as those caring for people living with dementia or physical health needs, supporting people around their mental health or where the carer is, or is supporting someone who was affected by Nazi oppression, including the second and third generation survivors.


Carers workers, from all three organisations, work together behind the scenes throughout the year, to ensure carers in the Jewish community receive the best possible support.


Lesley Wines is a qualified social worker and Team Manager of Jewish Care’s Family Carers Team. She has been involved in supporting carers since 1996.. She is really passionate about the importance of recognising carers in the community. She says, “So often people don’t even realise they are carers, they see themselves as simply looking after a relative or friend. We understand that caring is so much more, although it wasn’t until 1995 that the government officially recognised the role of unpaid carers.


“Our Family Carers Team check in to see if carers need practical advice or emotional support. Often, having the opportunity to share feelings with someone who is there especially for them, rather than the person they care for, can be vital to the carer’s own well-being. 

“I consider myself really fortunate to work with an amazing team of skilled and dedicated colleagues who are committed to supporting carers within the community, helping to empower and support them and assisting them in accessing their entitlements.

“I have learnt so much over the 20 years I have worked at Jewish Care from the carers we support. I work with such strong and amazing carers who are an inspiration. It is so important that carers get support for themselves. They need to have someone who can listen to them without judgement and who can give them the emotional support and practical advice they need. If you or anyone you know needs support please do not hesitate to contact our team.”

For support, information, advice – or just someone to talk to, please contact the team by calling 020 8922 2222 or email helpline@jcare.org