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Illness, disability, old age; there are many reasons why 3 in 5 of us will look after a loved one and become carers at some point in our lives

Are you an unpaid carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.

You could be helping with household tasks such as cleaning or cooking, administering medication, organising and transporting someone to medical appointments, providing personal care or providing emotional support.

You could be doing it once a day, a couple of times a week or all the time. There are no time limits to being a carer. Looking after someone can be a positive and rewarding experience. It can also be exhausting, stressful and isolating.

Try our new to caring questionnaire

Tell us a little bit about your caring role and we will guide you to relevant resources on our website.

Our new to caring questionnaire

Our guide for carers

We know that there’s a lot of information to take in when you start caring. To help you work out what support is available to you we have created a carers guide.

Download our carers guide

Our information hub

Our information hub has information on a wide range of topics. From help with finances, getting back to work, training courses, health and wellbeing, what’s on and the support available in your community.

Visit our information hub

Contact us for advice or register for support