What is a Carer

A carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who couldn't manage without this help.

Anyone can become a carer, and carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be any age. Many feel that they're doing what anyone would do in the same situation, caring for a mother, father, wife, husband, son, daughter or best friend, for example. Around 3 in 5 people  will be carers at some point in their lives.

There are nearly six million unpaid carers in the UK. You are a carer if you provide unpaid support with day to day living tasks or personal care to a family member or friend such as helping them to wash, get dressed, eat, taking them to appointments, or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious. Those you care for could be ill, frail, disabled, suffer from poor mental health or have a substance or alcohol misuse problem.

Often carers care for more than one person and there may be family situations where, for example, a couple mutually care for each other and there is no main carer.

In Cheshire East, around 40,000 people identify themselves as carers. This does not include the carers of all ages that we’re unaware of, ‘hidden’ from mainstream services and support, either not recognising or choosing not to declare their caring role.

The various pages in this section of the website provide lots of advice and information, and explains what is available to help you in your caring role, including details of services and organisations that can provide this support.

Joint Carers Strategy 2016-2018

Cheshire East Council along with its partners have produced a Joint carers strategy (PDF, 1MB). A joint strategy for carers of all ages in Cheshire East.

This strategy is health and social care’s response to the stated needs of carers. It focuses on the needs of children and adults and addresses the complexity and diversity of the carer’s situations. This strategy identifies five priorities based on the feedback we have received through our engagement with carers and the changes in legislation following the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 implementation. Our overarching priorities for the next 2 years are:

  • respite and carer breaks
  • realising carer potential Information service
  • assessment of carer needs and crisis support
  • engagement and co-production

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