A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Each carer’s experience is unique to their circumstances. The causes of someone taking on caring responsibilities are varied but can include:

  • Serious physical illness
  • Long-term physical disability
  • Long-term neurological conditions
  • Mental health problems
  • Dementia
  • Addiction
  • Learning difficulties

Many people with caring responsibilities often don’t see themselves as carers but rather as a parent, spouse, son, daughter, partner, friend or neighbour. Research has shown that having support in your caring role can reduce feelings of isolation, improve health problems and help you to continue caring. Carers’ Centres are independent charities that deliver a wide range of local support services to meet the needs of carers in their own communities.