Andrew today pledged his support to carers across Oxford as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs from 8-14th June.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, with over 9000 in Oxford East.
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 throughout the country 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.
Andrew said: "Carers make a vital contribution to our society but too often don't receive the support they need, which can have a large effect on their own lives. We need to do more to support carers and build carer-friendly communities, which is why I am backing Carers Week 2015