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Carers UK

Carers UK

Who we are

Carers UK is the only national membership charity that supports, connects, and champions unpaid carers. Across the UK today more than 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

Most of us will be a carer at some point. For some it’s sudden, someone you love is taken ill or has an accident, or your child is born with a disability. For others caring creeps up unnoticed. Your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s health gets gradually worse.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a particularly devastating impact on unpaid carers. After months of caring around the clock - often without any outside support from others or care and support services - many carers are at the point of burn out, with 81% of carers saying that they have taken on more care since the start of the pandemic.

We believe unpaid carers are the unsung heroes of society, saving the UK state £530 million every day of the pandemic. Without carers, our health and social care system simply couldn't survive, whether in a time of crisis or not.

That's why at Carers UK, we want to make caring less overwhelming by:

  • Listening, and giving expert advice, information and support through our website, helpline, and publications.
  • Connecting carers so no-one has to care alone. Through our carers' groups and volunteers, we're reaching out in local communities throughout the UK and online.
  • Championing carers rights, campaigning together for lasting societal change in areas that make a difference to carers.
  • Innovating to find new ways to reach and support carers in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever they are.

“Thank you so much. I just didn’t have a clue where to start. I can’t thank you enough!” – A carer supported through Carers UK’s Helpline.

With your support we can continue to do vital work to make life better for carers.

You can find more information about what we do on our website: or you can email

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Charity details

Registered address
20 Great Dover Street,

020 7378 4999

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