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The experiences of unpaid carers in the Armed Forces community

The Royal British Legion are holding a symposium exploring the unique profile, needs and experiences of members of the Armed Forces community who have unpaid caring responsibilities. This report begins to explore the needs of this under-researched section of the Armed Forces community and the impact of their caring responsibilities.

This important report will be launched via a virtual event, which will take place on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 14 September 2021 from 10am to 11am. The event can be accessed here and shared with others who may be interested to attend.

The symposium, like the report itself, will focus on raising awareness of the experiences of those providing unpaid care in the Armed Forces community and identifying key areas for improvement and potential solutions. Carers from across the UK participated in this research, but recommendations are primarily focused on health and care in England. Areas explored include carer health and wellbeing, complex veteran needs, caring while serving, and access to support.

There will be the opportunity to hear from:

  • James Sunderland MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Veterans and the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Charles Byrne, Director General of the Royal British Legion
  • The author of the report
  • An unpaid carer

If you have any questions about either our forthcoming report or the launch event, please contact publicaffairs@britishlegion.org.uk.

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