Recognition: the most important thing to give Carers
To ‘celebrate’ Carers’ Week, my local authority wants to know the MOST IMPORTANT thing that might make my life better as a carer. One? Believe me, there are too many MOST IMPORTANT things! Here are a handful:
ONE MOST IMPORTANT thing: An end to the assumption by people who are paid for their work that because you are an unpaid carer, your time has no value. Our last 2 Social Worker appointments were cancelled at 10 and 25 mins notice respectively by a social worker who valued her own time much more than ours! She has a union and has working hours governed by EWTD. No union will represent carers because they work unpaid. And I work 168h every week and have done so with very few exceptions for this entire millennium. No contest!
ONE MOST IMPORTANT thing: An end to being treated as if the 168 hour…
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