Who are carers?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid, often intensive support to family or friends who could not manage without that 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, 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 6.5 million carers in the UK, around 1 in every 8 people.

Three out of every five people in the UK will become a carer at some point in the 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 relative or friend, you are entitled to some benefits.

For example, did you know that carer’s are entitled to a free flu jab?

If you register with Carer’s Contact, they will send you all the information that you need.

Once 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 click on the links below.


Carers information for East Lancashire

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Carers information, including rights and benefits. through NHS Choices

Please click on the link below for the laters newsletter from Carers Link:



Young Carers

There are services available for young carer’s.  If you click the link above for Carers Contact, you will find relevant information.  Alternatively you can click the link below for ‘Lancashire Young Carer’s Service’.

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