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.