Share your story
Sharing your own personal experience of caring is a powerful way in which you can help us to raise awareness of what it means to be a carer.
We're always looking for carers of all ages, backgrounds and in different caring situations to share their story.
Click the button to share your caring story, or read the information below to find out more about how we use your stories to help raise awareness of caring.
How will my story be used?
There are lots of different ways in which we might use your story to help us raise awareness of caring.
On our website
We might decide to feature your caring story on our website, in the real-life stories section. These stories highlight some of the issues around caring and get to the heart of what it means to be a carer.
These are often stories where people are happy to use their name and include some photos of themselves and maybe of the person they care for. Sometimes we include these stories in our email newsletter or in Caring magazine too.
On our Facebook or Twitter page
Sometimes we read a story and find a sentence or two which we think really sums up a particular caring experience. When we do, we post these on our Facebook or Twitter page, often anonymously. If you share a photo with us we may decide to use this on Facebook or Twitter.
In the media
We are often approached by journalists and asked to find people who are prepared to share their caring experience in the media. This might mean in a local or national newspaper, a magazine, on the radio or on TV. Often it is because they want a real-life, emotive story to illustrate a bigger issue with caring, such as some new research or a new policy which may affect carers.
When this happens the journalist often has a specific requirement about who they would like to speak to. It may be they are looking for people in a particular age group or in a specific caring situation. We get in touch with people who may be suitable for the particular opportunity or ask people to get in touch with us if they fit the bill via Facebook, Twitter or the forum.
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Do I need to include a photo?
It's up to you if you want to include a photo or not.
However, we are much more likely to feature stories on our website and on social media if they do include photos. Photos can make your stories more powerful as they help someone reading your story to relate to your situation. The photo can be of just you, or of you and the person you care for.
If you are sharing your story with the media they may ask you to provide a suitable photo or want to send their own photographer to take one. Each media request varies – some require photos and some don’t.
Don't worry if you are not comfortable providing a photo. We can still use your story or quotes on our Facebook or Twitter page. A quote that gets to the heart of what it means to be a carer can be just as powerful as an image.
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What do I have to do?
What you have to do depends on how we use your story.
If we use an anonymous quote from your story on our website, Facebook or Twitter page there is no need for you to do anything beyond sharing your story.
If we decide to publish your story on our website along with your name and photos of you, we will always get in touch to let you know and make sure you are still happy for it to be used. We might also want to include your story in our email newsletter or Caring magazine, our members' magazine. If we do we will get in touch with you to discuss this.
If when you share your story you indicate that you would be interested in sharing your story with the media we'll get in touch if a suitable opportunity comes up. We'll talk to you about what the opportunity involves and answer any questions you may have before you decide if you want to take part.
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