There are 6.5 million people in the UK providing unpaid care for sick, older or disabled relatives or friends and each day 6,000 people in the UK take on new caring responsibilities. Without the huge contribution of unpaid carers, our already beleaguered health and social care system would grind to a halt.
Sadly, a large majority of carers are let down when it comes to receiving sufficient help and support when they most need it. In April this year, Carers UK surveyed the public and found that a staggering 74% of those polled felt that carers were undervalued. Continue reading