What is a carer?

Anyone who cares unpaid for a friend or family member who could not cope without their support, is a carer.

Being a carer is different from being a professional care worker. For carers, providing full-time support is not a career choice. It is a personal commitment to someone important to them—often following an unexpected change in that person’s physical or mental health. 

Find out more about the role of carers and young carers below.

The role of a carer

Each carer's experience is unique. Find out more about reasons why people care and common duties they carry out.

About younger carers

A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 carrying out caring duties. Find out more about their unique needs and how we support them.

Carers' stories

Read the inspiring real-life stories of carers - told in their own words.