Change for Carers is our monthly e-news that is free and available to anyone who has an interest in the global carers’ movement.
"During the COVID-19 outbreak, distribution of food packages has helped to protect the rights and
dignity of carers." - Shefali, carer from 
Savar, Bangladesh
Message from Anil Patil, Founder and Executive Director                            May 2020
Dear Friends

I am very excited to bring to you the first edition of our new e-news 'Change for Carers'. In this updated version of our e-news you will still find a round-up of our monthly news, alongside new features including 'quote of the month', 'photo of the month', and links to interesting external articles about a variety of topics relating to carers and caring.
During this month, our partners across India, Nepal and Bangladesh have continued to ensure that carers and their loved ones are receiving the vital support that they need during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. I would like to thank all of the partner staff who are involved in these critical efforts. I would also like to thank everyone who has donated to Carers Worldwide since this crisis began. Their generosity is enabling us to continue supporting our partners and get emergency assistance to those carers who are most in need.
The month of May saw us hold our very first virtual event that brought together over 70 people who showed solidarity with carers by taking and sharing photos of themselves with signs saying “I stand with carers #StrongerTogether”. The event, held for the Global Day of Solidarity, involved each and every one of our partners and received an incredible response across our social media platforms. The day has inspired me greatly and I am now busy thinking of ways in which we can bring people together to show support for carers in the future. 
We are now busy preparing for Carers Week which takes place from 8th – 14th June. This year’s theme is 'Making Caring Visible' and will be a timely call for us all to recognise the vital role played by family carers, the increased pressures placed on them during the COVID19 pandemic, and the support they will need in the future. Do keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.
I hope you enjoy May's edition of 'Change for Carers'. If you have any comments or suggestions about our new e-news format then please contact our Communications Officer, Victoria Nicholson, by emailing 
Best Wishes,
 Anil Patil
Member of staff from our partner, EKTA, distributing medicine to a carer in Odisha, India.
Global Day of Solidarity
An incredible virtual event took place on 22nd May for 'Global Day of Solidarity'. During the day we demonstrated the global nature of caring by sharing messages of support for carers everywhere. Read about the day here
COVID-19 Guidance
In collaboration with Dr Janardhana from NIMHANS, we have put together two short guides relating to COVID-19: How to spend to quality time with family during lockdown and how to deal with the social stigma associated with COVID-19.
International Day of Families
For 'International Day of Families' we put together a short blog post highlighting the importance of family during these times.
Mental Health Innovation Network
The Mental Health Innovation Network published an article that discussed our response and action in tackling COVID-19.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week took place this month and the theme for the week was kindness. During these difficult times, carers have been supporting each other and showing each other kindness by connecting via virtual group chats.
2.6 Challenge
A big thank you again to everyone who helped us raise a fantastic total of £1908 during the 2.6 Challenge!!! This money will make a huge difference in supporting the lives of carers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Each month we share with you three interesting articles from external sources covering the topics of carers and caring: 
1) "Stoke Newington unpaid carer on the importance of a virtual cuppa during the coronavirus lockdown" (read here)
2) "Unpaid carers were isolated even before lockdown – now we're invisible" (read here)
3) "As India's lockdown ends, a mental health crisis is just beginning" (read here)
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