A carer is anybody who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty or disability. A carer is sometimes referred to as ‘family carer or ‘informal carer’ as opposed to a person who looks after someone as part of their job. All the care they give is unpaid.
Many carers don't see themselves as carers. They simply may think of themselves as a friend or family of the person they care for and it can be difficult for carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person they care for, whether they are a parent, son, daughter, sibling or friend.
The responsibilities and demands of being a carer can often mean that carers overlook their own health and wellbeing. Carers need good sources of help, support and information as they are often focused solely with the health and wellbeing of the person they care for.
If you are a young carer or are caring for a young person please visit our dedicated webpage.
More help for young carers is available from:
The Great Yarmouth and Gorleston young carers has a great local project, you can get involved by visiting their Facebook page