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A round up of the local - and national - news affecting carers

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Masks - when to wear, and what to do if exempt

Masks are now obligatory in many public places, including shops, banks and public transport. It's important to wear them to help stop the spread of COVID-19. However, some people can't wear them - find out more about exemptions and getting an exemption card.

Adult carers
Young Carers Survey Results July 2020

Survey shows steep decline in young carers' wellbeing

A thousand young, and young adult carers, including from Action for Carers, fed into this Carers Trust survey with the disturbing results released last week. They showed big increases in the time spent caring and a consequent rise in stress and a steep decline in mental health

Young adult carers
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Community appeal to help get laptops to young carers

Doing schoolwork at home is a challenge for most children, but young carers have faced particular difficulties in lockdown. Many schools have been unable to help all young people with digital access, so we're launching an appeal to get laptops to young carers.

Young adult carers
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Book bundles for young carers

The University of Surrey's 'Widening Participation & Outreach team' have a scheme offering children in need, including young carers, 'Book Bundles' to help them access literature and continue reading while not in school.

Young carers
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Hidden carers in Surrey's schools

A new report suggests there are more young carers than identified in the Census. The research, commssioned by Action for Carers, also found initiatives to support young carers clearly leads to schools identifying more young carers.

Parent carers
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Committed to supporting ALL Surrey's carers

Action for Carers is committed to supporting carers from all Surrey's diverse communities, and we aim to deliver services that feel welcoming, appropriate and beneficial to all.

Adult carers
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One in four adults now caring

New research released this week by Carers UK finds that an estimated 4.5 million people have started caring (unpaid) since the COVID-19 outbreak began. When combined with those already providing care pre-crisis, that means there could be as many as 13.6 million carers across the UK – 26% of the UK population.

Adult carers
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Accreditation as 'Carer Confident' employer

Action for Carers Surrey is delighted to report that we have been accredited as a 'Carer Confident' employer, the Employers for Carers' benchmarking scheme. Noticeably, we are the first carers’ charity to be accredited, and only the second charity.

Adult carers
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Discover University Virtual Summer School for young carers in years 9, 10 & 11

Calling all Surrey young carers in year 9, 10 and 11! The University of Surrey offers young carers a 'Discover University' Summer School - this year online, from 7-9 July. Please apply now! The deadline for applications is Sunday 7th June. The Virtual Summer School will include interactive University subject tasters, University finance and support sessions and activities to support your development and knowledge of your post 16 options.

Young adult carers