Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Getting more support
You can find out about local support groups and services available in your area by contacting your local council (gov.uk/find-local-council). You can explore what your needs are and what different types of support are available, from emotional assistance to practical help. Many of the Carers Week supporter charities provide more guidance, including Carers Trust (carers.org).
Looking after yourself
Taking care of your health and wellbeing is essential when you are caring for someone, but it can be hard to find the time to meet your own needs. Carers Trust provide opportunities to get in touch, through online forums and social networks, helplines and local support groups: find out more here.