Every year more than two million people in the UK become carers.
One in every eight adults in the UK is a carer.
Many people who look after family, friends or relatives, would not recognise themselves as a carer.
You may be taking on a caring role for the first time and don’t know what to expect.
No matter how old you are, if you are looking after a relative, friend or neighbour who needs support because of frailty, illness, disability or a difficulty (such as an addiction) then you are a carer. Carers are unpaid.
Being a carer brings its own rewards, but it can also be very hard work, both physically and emotionally.
Recognising yourself as a carer can be the first step to getting information, advice and support.