A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.
For some, taking on a caring role can be sudden: someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s health gradually worsens.
The amount and type of support that carers provide varies considerably. It can range from a few hours a week, such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing care day and night.
Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves. Whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a damaging impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships.
If you are a carer, please see the information and advice on the Living Well Essex website.
Supporting Carers in Essex is a group of charities working together to support unpaid carers of all ages across Essex, including Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay and Wickford. Supporting Carers in Essex provides a single contact point for carers and access to consistent support anywhere in Essex. You can contact them here or call 0300 770 80 90.
Supporting Carers in Essex is led by Action for Family Carers