Temporary changes are being made to how we provide our carers services in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. For information and updates visit our COVID-19 information page and view the Are you a carer section.
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone, of any age, who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Anyone can become a carer, in most cases becoming a carer is not out of choice, it just happens.
It is important that carers are supported to enable them to continue to provide care for a relative or friend.
Carers do all this and more for family and friends who are older, ill or have a disability, administer medicine, practical support, emotional support, personal care, financial matters, physical help, and all while trying to maintain a life of their own.
Why do we support Carers?
Caring is such an important part of life and during the COVID-19 pandemic the role of unpaid carers has become more important. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, and making an enormous contribution to society.
Most carers accept their responsibilities as they wish to assist and support their family and friends. Caring can be lonely; it can exclude people from employment, lead to social isolation, financial hardship and difficulties maintaining a life of their own. While caring can be positive and rewarding, it can also have a negative impact on the physical and emotional well-being of carers.
Our vision is to ensure that carers are recognised and valued as expert partners in care. We are committed to engaging with carers and working together to achieve the good outcomes that carers want and deserve.