Motion ref. S5M-21959
Carers Week 2020
Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Friday, June 5, 2020
Supported by: Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Claudia Beamish, Neil Bibby, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Angela Constance, James Dornan, Annabelle Ewing, Neil Findlay, Iain Gray, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Alex Rowley, Maureen Watt
That the Parliament welcomes Carers Week 2020, which is an annual campaign that, this year, takes place from 8 to 14 June on the theme of “Making Caring Visible” and coming together to recognise the contribution of hundreds of thousands of unpaid carers and young carers in Scotland; acknowledges that it is organised by five charities in Scotland, Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, MND Scotland, Oxfam Scotland and Age Scotland; understands that there will be hundreds of events held virtually across Scotland, which will reach out to thousands of carers and young carers; recognises the significant and vital contribution of unpaid carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and considers that the impact of caring on the health and wellbeing of carers, including social isolation, should not be underestimated; understands that the support that carers provide is worth more than £10.8 billion to the economy each year; considers that every effort should be made to ensure that carers receive the support that they need, including support to reduce the impact of the pandemic on their lives and recognise their particular needs as lockdown eases, and wishes Carers Week every success.