Who is a carer?

A carer provides unpaid personal care, assistance and support to a person who needs this help because of a disability or disease such as cancer.


You may be a partner, relative, friend or neighbour. Anyone can be a carer - it doesn’t matter what your age, sex, sexuality, profession or cultural background is.



You may not see yourself as a carer, rather that you are simply helping out a person in need or that you are providing care as a natural extension of your relationship. Some carers accept the increased responsibilities, while others may feel they have no choice or the role is something they ‘should’ do.


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