Making Caring Visible and Valued - Reflection by Dean Sue


Read Dean Sue's reflection for Thursday, 10 June, 2021.

Carers Week began on Monday. The Carers Week website ( states:

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.

There are 6.5 million carers in the UK and this number has risen over the past year as families have faced the impact of COVID-19. The theme for this year’s Carers week is: Making Caring Visible and Valued.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, on behalf of the Carers Week Charities, said:

"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic unpaid carers have played an essential role supporting older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends, doing so most of the year on their own behind closed doors. They have forgone breaks from caring and much of the support they would normally have relied on.

"As restrictions ease it is vital that we acknowledge the enormous contribution that unpaid carers continue to make day in day out. I am delighted that many individuals and organisations are getting involved with virtual activities, helping carers to connect to others and access advice and information locally. 

"Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, including getting the right support. This Carers Week I hope all parts of the community – family and friends, employers, businesses, schools, health and care services – do their bit to make caring visible and show it is valued."

Caring is a hard vocation at times it is relentless and tiring so as a Cathedral we honour all that you do and we thank you.

As Christians we are encouraged to care for each other. The parable of the Good Samaritan helps us to understand our responsibility to care for and support all of humanity despite religion, creed or race.

So thank you Carers from all at Liverpool Cathedral.

Dean Sue

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