Who are carers?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid, often intensive support to family or friends who could not manage without your support.  This could be caring for a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Some carers can care for more than one person, some carers have a disability or illness themselves and some have a paid job alongside their caring role.  If you are a carer, and whatever your circumstances are, you are just as important as the person you care for, and help and support is available for you!

The facts:

  • According to the 2011 census, there are over 42,000 carers in East Lancashire
  • It is estimated that there are around 6,500,000 carers in the UK, around 1 in every 8 people!
  • 3 out of 5 people in the UK will become a carer at some point in their lifetime.
  • It is estimated that carers save the UK economy £119 billion every year - this is greater than the cost of the NHS and defence budgets combined!

If you are a carer for a friend or relative, you are entitled to some benefits.  For example, did you now that carer's are entitled to a free flu jab?  If you register as a carer, we can update your medical records to reflect this.  For more information regarding being a carer and carer's rights, please refer to the links below, or the page header above which will take you through to  Carers Link Lancashire produce a quarterly newsletter which you should also find a link to below.  

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