Sadiq Khan has showed his support for Wandsworth carers and backed national Carers Week 2015.
There are 7,243 people in Tooting who care for a partner, relative or friend, and 20,000 across Wandsworth.
Without the right help and support, caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard.
The six charities driving Carers Week 2015 are calling on individuals, organisations and services to take action to improve the lives of carers by building ‘carer-friendly communities’ that consider and support their needs.
The call comes after research for Carers Week revealed that the variation in the support and recognition carers experience from services across the country is putting the health of many carers, and their ability to support the people they care for, at risk.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Carers make a huge contribution to our community – and they need our support to carry on the work they do. You never know when you might become a carer for a loved one, or need their care and it is worrying to think that carers are not getting the support they need.
“That is why I am supporting Carers Week and calling on Wandsworth residents and services to think about the needs of local carers and reach to them – and help make sure they don’t miss out on getting the help and support they need.”
Find out more about Carers Week here.