Raising awareness for women in care this International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day! To mark the occasion, we thought we’d take this opportunity to raise awareness of marvellous women providing care to millions of people day in, day out.

Did you know, for example, that women are more likely to undertake unpaid care work than men?

This usually happens because they would rather be the primary support system for a relative/friend than a stranger, or because the social care system is not suitable for their specific needs. Regardless of the reason, women are still the ones providing the most care.

According to data by Carers UK, there are 3.34 million women performing as unpaid carers up and down the UK. Furthermore, one in four women aged 50-64 will take leave from work in order to care for a loved one in need of support.

In total, 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work – whether that be helping a disabled family member with their groceries, or picking up their medication from the pharmacy – is performed by women.

This can be particularly daunting, especially when you have a family of your own to look after. We hope to see the government prioritise support for carers in the near future as to reduce the burden on women.

Women also take the spotlight when it comes to paid care and fill an impressive 80% of social care roles.

Social care workers keep our society on its feet and improve the lives of millions of people across the country.

Social Personnel would like to express its deep appreciation for all female carers, keep doing what you’re doing, you’re incredible!

If you are an unpaid carer in need of support, visit the Carers Trust website for a full range of resources and useful information.

To speak to our specialist consultants, call 0203 8929 340 or drop us your enquiries via [email protected].

carlette Isaac

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