The legal definition of an ‘unpaid carer’ is a person of any age who provides care for an adult or disabled child, but does not receive payment except for carer related allowances. Another term that is often used to describe these circumstances is ‘informal care.’
There is no ‘typical carer’. In reality, carers can include young people; young adults, parents, working age adults or older people. Essentially, a person is a carer if they look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.
Being an unpaid carer can be challenging. That’s why it’s important they feel listened to and understood, and have access to up-to-date information, advice and services such as support groups.
The most common asks and issues raised by carers are:
Information such as this helps us to understand how unpaid carers can be supported, both practically and emotionally.
Whether you are an unpaid carer, a professional or a family member/ friend, this page will keep you up to date on our progress and ways to get involved.