Who Is A Carer?

Who is a carer?

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a family member or friend who cannot manage without them because they are ill or disabled, or frail because of old age.

  • There are 6.5 million carers in the UK (2011 census)
  • 3 in 5 of us will be a carer at some point in our lives
  • There are 49,514 adult carers in Buckinghamshire (2011 census)
  • Carers save the UK economy £119 billion every year.


If you are working with young carers aged 18 and under please see the information on our young carers’ website.

If you are working with a family affected by drug and/or alcohol misuse and there are young carers involved find out more about our Family Support Project.

There is more information about working with carers on the NHS Choices website