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Across the UK, 5.7 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.  

Yet carers are experiencing even greater challenges. Since the coronavirus pandemic, we estimate that 4.5 million more people have taken on caring responsibilities. 

We share our insights on caring with local authorities, employers and other organisations, making the most of technology to help solve the problems that carers face.  


Better services for carers

Carers rely on good quality services to help manage care alongside everything else. 

We work with service providers to help them provide the support carers urgently need. 


Better employers for carers 

Staying in work is a major challenge for the 3 million working carers – every day, 600 people on average are leaving their jobs to provide unpaid care.  

With over 215 members covering 3.5million employees, our Employers for Carers membership forum helps employers improve their understanding of carers and retain the carers in their workforce.  


Better technology for carers 

By listening to what carers need, we’re using our expertise to develop useful products that can help improve carers’ lives.  

Our mobile and online app, Jointly, has been designed to make life a little easier for people who share care. And our MyBackUp tool helps carers develop a contingency plan for greater peace of mind.  

Latest updates

Carers Scotland is part of the National Carer Organisations
National Carer Organisations response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a Fairer Council Tax
21 September 23

Read the response from Carers Scotland and the other National Care Organisations in full here.

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‘Serious concern’ about threat to Meals on Wheels service in Belfast
14 September 23

Carers NI response to the potential disruption to Belfast Trust's Meals on Wheels service.

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NHS flu and COVID-19 vaccine announcement
01 September 23

Carers UK responds to NHS flu and COVID-19 vaccine programmes being brought forward due to risk of new Covid variant…

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Carers UK announced as The Creative Shootout’s Charity of the Year 2024
31 August 23

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