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"I can describe the adjustment to life by myself in two words. Bloody hard."

Les Eve, 79, looked after his wife, Shirley, for half of their 58-year marriage and is now adjusting to life after caring.

"People often are surprised that someone is actually taking the time to listen."

Joanie Speers

Joanie has been volunteering on the Carers UK Adviceline for a year and enjoys being able to provide support to other carers. She was part of the second phase of volunteers to join the service, and has witnessed a number of developments as the service has grown.

"Volunteering has helped me feel like me again"

Julie Clark

Julie is a full-time carer for her son Lewis. She's been a Local Ambassador for Carers Scotland in Renfrewshire since January 2014.

"I feel empowered and motivated by meeting other carers"

Freda McEwen

Freda has been volunteering as a Carers UK Local Ambassador in Thamesmead, Greater London since November 2013. As a Local Ambassador, Freda works in her community to support carers at a local level and raise awareness of Carers UK and other local services.

"Volunteering has helped me get my confidence back"

Peter Hicks

Peter used to care for his wife, and has volunteered on the Carers UK Adviceline since March 2014. His role involves offering listening support to people call the Adviceline, as well as booking call-backs for carers who need advice from one of our trained advisers.

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