This forum is for carers and former carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.

A carer is not someone who looks after people as a paid job. These people are called careworkers (or care assistants / personal assistants/ homecarers ). Whilst we recognise the important role careworkers play, the forum is not for careworkers to discuss the issues surrounding their work. Neither is it intended as a forum for carer support workers, carer centre workers etc.

However we recognise many people who work in these sectors are often carers themselves and have valuable insight and opinions on the issues that affect carers. Whilst you are welcome to join the forum please recognise it is primarily a place for discussion of issues from a carers' perspective so please respect that difference.

Thank you.