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
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.