Celebrating Compassion Everywhere
The stress that paid care providers and family carers face is universal. So in 2004 HCEI became the first organization to create international collaborations around resilience skill-building, delivering supportive programmes across the UK.
Caring people hide stress from others, hesitant to ask for help. But in 2012 stress overtook repetitive strain injury as the leading cause of absenteeism from work in the UK. The overall annual cost of mental health disorders in the UK including workplace absence and reduced productivity is at least 110 billion pounds. Most caring people smile through their anger, fear, and stress while heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the UK.
An estimated 6.5 million persons provide care for family members in the UK, where 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives. 1.4 million carers provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week, providing a total value of care worth 119 billion pounds per year, more than total spending on the NHS.
Caring creates hardships. The 2011 Carers Census found that more than 390,000 carers in England and Wales reported being in bad health. Carers providing round the clock care are more than twice as likely to be in bad health than non-carers. Despite the Carer's Allowance, almost half of carers had cut back on food and heating costs while 75 % of carers have experienced increased social isolation.
What has your organization, council or community done to increase resiliency in caring persons? HCEI would like to collaborate.
HCEI International Collaborators Include:
- Supporting Social Work Managers Community Care Conf.,Birmingham, England
- National Family Carers Week, Support for Carers, Loughborough, England
- National Family Carers Week, Betsi Cadwaladr Univ. Health Board St. Asaph, Wales
- National Family Carers Week, Monmouthshire County Council, Usk, Wales
- Bournemouth University Festival of Learning, Bournemouth, England
- National Family Carers Week, Lincolnshire Carers Partnerships, Lincoln, England
- National Family Carers Week, Lincolnshire Carers Partnerships, Skegness, England
- Northumbria University School of Health, Community & Education Studies, Newcastle on Tyne
- Derbyshire County Council Carers Support, S. Normanton, England
- Orkney Carers Center, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
- Lancashire Carers Conference, Preston, England
- Saint Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England