Dozens of events are being planned across Dorset to raise awareness of the hard work carried out by unpaid carers.

Carers in the county are set to be connected with their communities as part of Carers Week, from June 10 until June 16.

The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of caring and highlight the difficulties that unpaid carers can face as well as recognising the contribution they make to people in need. It also helps people to identify themselves as carers and access much-needed local support.

The campaign will be brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK.

This year's theme is ‘Getting Carers Connected', encouraging people to get take of their own wellbeing while looking after others.

Dorset Council is encouraging and promoting carers activities and events across the county as part of the campaign. To support local activities, it has awarded more than £1500 in small grants to community organisations.

Cllr Laura Miller, cabinet member for adult social care and health said: "We’re delighted that over 30 events are planned across Dorset for next week. We’d encourage all carers to find out what’s happening near them and try to make some time for themselves to get along if they can.

"We have around 40,000 unpaid carers in Dorset who often give up their own social lives and neglect their own health and wellbeing because they are simply too busy looking after the needs of a loved one, friend or neighbour.

"It’s really important that carers recognise when they need support and ask for help as soon as possible to prevent potential problems for themselves or the person they look after."

Events include information days, coffee mornings, fun days, pampering treatments, a picnic, day trips and more.

To find out more about what’s happening near you, visit