Support for carers

Who is a carer?

Many people don’t think of themselves as ‘carers’. But, if you provide regular unpaid help and support to a partner, relative or friend who suffers from an illness or disability, then you are a carer.

A carer is different to someone who provides care professionally or via a voluntary organisation because you have an emotional connection with the person you care for. This connection can make caring more rewarding, yet more difficult at the same time.

If you’re a carer, you’re far from alone. There are almost seven million carers in the UK right now and this number is rising. 
Recognising your role as a carer is important so that you can get the right help and support. All carers are entitled to a free Carer's assessment.

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