Relationships rarely stay the same - they grow and change with life stages and events, and people generally take the rough with the smooth. However, when a partner or family member becomes less able, often for health reasons, the relationship may change completely.
Many people are carers without realising - providing unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend on top of their work and family commitments. With your support, we aim to help as many individuals as we can.
There’s often a transition period as the adjustment to being a carer kicks in. During this time, people may try to hold on to the way things were before. Various feelings of denial, shock and anger are common. However, in some situations, such as when a loved one has dementia, changes can take place over a longer time.
When the balance of caring outweighs our own needs, it can be difficult to manage and we need support from others.
- 1 in 7 of the workforce are carers (5 million people)
- There are 6.5 million carers across the UK
- 1 in 6 carers have to give up work or reduce their hours
Results from one of our carers’ surveys showed many carers struggle to manage their own ill health as they care for family or friends.
We also found that people with the same condition are affected in very different ways - so the caring experience also varies from person to person. Many carers never access proper assessments and don’t apply for disability or carers’ benefits. And they tell us they lack the right knowledge, don’t have enough time and certainly have little energy.
It's easy to run out of time in the day - and then feel like giving up work or studies to cope. This can leave us feeling cut off from friends and workmates, missing out on qualifications or a future, and getting into financial difficulties. No single caring experience is the same, which is why we're here with a listening, non-judgmental ear.
If you're a carer who could use a helping hand the Charity offers all kinds of tools to help and support you. Visit our get help page and check out our Carer's Digital Resource for a handy guide to all the services we can offer carers in the Civil Service.
For further support, explore the tiles. Remember, we're here for you.