Every day, another six thousand people in the UK take on a caring responsibility. At any one time carers make up around 10 percent of the population.
Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers provide care equivalent in monetary value to that of funding the entire NHS. Carers give so much to society and the individuals they look after.
Caring can be a rewarding experience, yet as a consequence of their role carers experience ill health, poverty, reduced life chances and discrimination. People from all walks of life and backgrounds are carers – over three in five people in the UK will become carers at some time in their lives. Carers need support so that they can have a life of their own and so, where they want to, they can carry on with the task they have voluntarily taken on. In Buckinghamshire, support for carers can potentially reach ten percent of the population, around 45,000 people of all ages and in all localities and communities in the county. Of these 45,000 people around 15,000 will stop caring each year and another 15,000 will start a caring role.
Useful Links & Resources
Carers Bucks – a charity that works in partnership with family carers to support them in their caring role buy providing information, advice, advocacy and emotional support.
See the Carers Joint Plan 2012/2013
See the Bucks Joint Carers Strategy
Buckinghamshire County Council Adult Social Care – 01296 383204
York University has launched a website to help support older people and their relatives find information about social care in later life. The website contains a leaflet and short film and covers basic information about social care including what information different organisations can and cannot provide.