CARERS are being encouraged to ‘have a break, have a picnic’.

To mark Carers’ Week, which runs from Monday June 13 to Sunday June 19, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is asking local people to organise a picnic to help raise awareness of the 6 million carers in the UK.

This year’s carers’ campaign, is supported by leading charities including Dementia UK.

Trust chief executive Steven Michael, pictured right, said, "It is important for us to remember the needs of carers as well as the needs of people who use our services, and support them as best we can.

“As well as running dialogue and support groups for carers, we also organise a variety of events throughout the year.

“Through activities such as carers‘ treats days, information stalls and carers’ days out, we aim to not only highlight the issues carers face, but to also celebrate their vital role and let people know what support is available.”

He added, “I hope local people take the opportunity to support Carers Week by holding their own picnic or attending one to raise awareness of the issues carers face, but to also celebrate their vital role".

By providing unpaid care for someone they know who is ill, frail or disabled, carers save the economy an estimated £87 billion.

To find out more about Carers’ Week and how to take part contact or call 0845 241 2582.