Carers UK have created a new guide – ‘Carers Active’ – to support professionals to make a positive difference for unpaid carers by offering tailored activities that encourage them to get active.
The guide builds on responses from nearly 150 professionals and organisations who are seeing the benefits of improved health and wellbeing outcomes for carers who are supported to do more physical activity.
Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, said:
“Taking part in physical activity brings huge benefits for carers, helping to combat feelings of loneliness, anxiety and stress, but many carers find it difficult to make time for themselves.
Our new guide acknowledges this, as well as the fact that being active means different things to different people. It’s inspiring to see examples of local community groups who are supporting carers to find what works for them and offering the chance to explore a range of options.
We hope that by demonstrating the benefits of accessible activities for carers, this will further encourage new opportunities for carers, connecting them to their communities, increasing health and fitness levels, and offering a valuable break from caring roles.”
You can read ‘Carers Active’ here: www.carersuk.org/media/fixafyvd/cuk-carers-active-best-practice-guide-2023-web.pdf