A carer is someone unpaid who cares for and supports a family member or friend who due to illness, disability or emotional health, is unable to cope on their own.
A young carer is someone who is under the age of 18 who cares for and supports a family member who due to illness, disability, or emotional health, is unable to cope on their own.
There are around six and a half million carers in the UK – that’s one in eight people (Carers UK)
It is estimated there are around 800,000 young carers in the UK (The Children’s Society)
Although caring for someone can be positive and rewarding, there are many reasons why carers need support too. For instance,
*It can be physically exhausting, especially if you are juggling family life and work life on top of caring.
*It can be emotionally exhausting seeing a person you care about experiencing pain and distress.
*It can lead you to suffer emotional health issues, such as stress and depression.
*It can affect relationships with partners and other family members.
*It can have a detrimental effect on your finances if you have to leave work to care full time.
*It can affect a young carer’s education and cause them to have social difficulties.
*It can become a constant battle trying to access care, both for the person you are caring for and yourself.
We provide a Facebook Support Group for carers and family members of those diagnosed with FND and/or NEAD.
Here are some other links that may be of help …
Carers UK is a UK-wide charity who support carers and advocate for carer’s rights. They do this by offering expert advice, connect carers together so they do not feel alone, and advocate to give carers a voice.
Carers Trust is a UK-wide charity who work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring. They do this by networking quality assured partners to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring.
NHS Choices offers information and advice on accessing care and benefit entitlements.
Action for Children is a UK-wide charity who provide practical and emotional support to young carers and their families.
The Children’s Society provide specialist support for young carers.