Caring for the Carers
The number of unpaid carers across the UK is estimated at 5.7 million. A carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who is disabled, has an illness or long-term condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Carers are holding families together, enabling those they care for to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds. Yet many are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, struggling to make ends meet and often battling with poor health themselves.
Looking after someone can be a rewarding experience. It can also be tough, lonely and bewildering. But you’re not on your own. There are several organisations available to listen, to give you expert information and guidance, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are.
If you identify as a carer and feel you need further support, please let the surgery know. We have dedicated Carer champions who are able to support and signpost you to any additional help that you may need.