Carers Week blog

5-11 June marks Carers Week. Each year, this is an opportunity to raise awareness of caring and for organisations and individuals to show support for unpaid carers, share the challenges they face and what needs to be done to improve their daily lives. This year, the theme for Carers Week is ‘recognising and supporting carers in the community’.  

What is an unpaid carer? 

An unpaid carer is someone who provides help and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without their help. This could be due to illness, disability, mental health problems or substance misuse.  

For some, caring has always been a part of life. For many, a caring role evolves over time. Others are thrown into a caring role. Some people live with the person they care for, some don’t. Some unpaid carers care for more than one person. Caring for someone can take up a few hours a week, or an unpaid carer may be caring for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

Many unpaid carers do not see themselves as carers. But if you provide help and support such as shopping, managing medication, cooking, cleaning, emotional support or personal care, such as helping someone get dressed – you are an unpaid carer. 

3 in 5 of us will provide unpaid care at some point in our lives. Carers Leeds believes all care counts.