A carer can be anyone of any age who is unpaid and supports a friend or family member due to their illness, disability, frailty, mental health or substance misuse
We define a carer as ‘a person who provides unpaid help and support to a partner, child, relative or friend, who could not manage without this help’. You have a legal right to a ‘carer's assessment’ – this is an opportunity to discuss what support or services you need. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs.
Being a carer is often a difficult and – for some – lonely role, but this support is invaluable. If you care for someone, we want to work with you, involve you in the services we provide.
Our staff will always do their best to involve friends and family in the care we offer.
Your knowledge is vital in helping us to do our best for your cared for and help support your wellbeing.
This site gives more detail about how we can work together effectively. Much of the information in our patients section may also make useful reading.
The impact amongst underrepresented groups
- Black, Asian and ethnic minority carers are more likely to be struggling financially. At the beginning of the pandemic, over half (58%) of unpaid carers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups said they were worried about their finances, compared to 37% of White carers (Carers UK, The Experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022).
- LGBT carers are more likely to more likely to feel lonely. 48% of bisexual carers and 45% of lesbian and gay carers often or always feel lonely, compared with 33% of heterosexual carers (Carers UK, The Experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022).
- 27% of carers who completed our State of Caring survey in 2022 said they had a disability.