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Carers

Older woman with a carer

A Carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who has a disability or other difficulty.

This can include:

  • frailty as a result of old age
  • physical or sensory disability or long-term illness
  • learning disabilities
  • mental health difficulties
  • drug or alcohol problems

Many people don't see themselves as carers. They think of themselves as family members or friends. As a result they often don't realise that there is help and support available to them.

A short video in British Sign Language (BSL) about carers is available to the left of this page. To view full screen click the button in the bottom left corner of the video.

Carers Survey Results

The first national Adults Carers Survey was undertaken in the autumn of 2012.  You can view the results of the local survey here


About carers

Carers - sometimes called family carers - are relatives friends or neighbours who look after someone ...

Advocacy for carers

Information on how people with care needs including carers themselves can access advocacy services.

Celebrating Carers event

Celebrating Carers is an event for carers of all ages and the person they care for.

Connecting Carers

Connecting Carers is the free independent register for all carers.

Getting Help and Connected as a carer

We have chosen the Carers Support Centre to support carers in their role through information advice ...

Respite care

We provide advice and support for adult carers who care for the elderly adults with physical or sens ...

Support for carers

Carers sometimes called family carers are relatives friends or neighbours who look after someone who ...

Well Aware

There are number of independent agencies who provide care that the local authority has approved and ...

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