What is a carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a loved one who is disabled or seriously ill. Carers can be any age and come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.

There are many reasons why people may need caring for: it could be a physical disability, learning difficulty, mental health condition, long-term illness, frailty, sensory loss, eating disorder or substance misuse problem.

If you provide support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who could not manage without you, then you’re a carer.