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We’re here to make life better for the 5.7 million carers across the UK. 

 

Who is a carer? 

A carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who is disabled, has an illness or long-term condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. 

 

Why caring matters 

Carers are holding families together, enabling those they care for to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds. 

Yet many are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, struggling to make ends meet and often battling with poor health themselves.  

 

 

You don’t have to care alone 

Looking after someone can be a rewarding experience. It can also be tough, lonely and bewildering. But you’re not on your own. Carers UK is here to listen, to give you expert information and guidance, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are. 

Latest updates

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Helen Walker reflects on Carers Week
14 June 24

Carers Week reflections from our Chief Executive, Helen Walker

Press Release
Charity Director Emily Holzhausen awarded CBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list
14 June 24

Carers UK are incredibly proud to announce, and would like to congratulate Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs,…

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Life and Caring in North East Scotland - Carers Week 2024
12 June 24

Carers Week 2024: Putting Carers on the Map. Alison shares her experiences on caring for her dad while living in…

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Communities budget ‘extremely disappointing’ for unpaid carers, charity says
11 June 24

Carers NI response to the Department for Communities' draft 2024-25 budget.

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