As we all know firsthand, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only heavily affecting the daily life of millions of people across the world, it also has a particularly damaging impact on already vulnerable communities, such as informal carers.
In order to reinforce our advocacy message and shed light on the increasingly concerning situation of carers, Eurocarers is launching a data collection process in the form of two distinct surveys which will not only serve to document the impact of the crisis on European carers but will inform further our respective and collective activities towards regional, national and European policy-makers. Please note that the European Commission as well as the Social Protection Committee (i.e. your national ministries) have already expressed their keen interest in such data in bilateral exchanges with us.
As always, a collective effort will nevertheless be essential to make a difference and we therefore contact you to request your active contribution to the dissemination and promotion of the following survey targeted at informal/family/unpaid carers in your country or region.
This Study on the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak on INFORMAL/FAMILY/UNPAID CARERS across Europe was developed in close collaboration with our colleagues from INRCA in Italy and looks at the effect of COVID on different aspects of the carer experience. While the questionnaire is currently available in English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Swedish. You are warmly encouraged to translate it into your own language to maximise the number of responses collected. Should you decide to do so, please do let us know. Naturally, you should feel free to publicise the survey via your own communication channels (networks of members and partners, website, newsletter, social media, etc.)
Please note that the deadline to complete this survey is on the 7th February 2021.
With your help, we will manage to reach a critical mass of carers from across Europe and will successfully influence the development of future Europe-wide policy developments in the areas of care and caring. We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to continuing the journey towards carers-friendly European societies with you.