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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.  

 

Carer Jaycee helping mum into wheelchair

 

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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Carers NI Shortlisted as QUB Student Union RAG Charity of the Year
01 March 24

Carers NI Shortlisted as QUB Student Union RAG Charity of the Year - find out more about the campaign and…

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Two million employees set to benefit from Carer’s Leave as final details of new law go through Parliament
28 February 24

Final legislation passed in Parliament yesterday seals a groundbreaking new right for two million employees with unpaid caring responsibilities to…

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MPs and Peers launch survey to gather unpaid carers’ views on their call for a new National Carers Strategy
08 February 24

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers have today launched a new survey to gather the views of unpaid carers…

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Coalition of Carers Organisations statement on Stormont restoration
31 January 24

Coalition of Carers Organisations statement on the significant damage of political stalemate to unpaid carers in Northern Ireland.

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