"A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Anyone who is supporting someone on a regular basis is a carer. The Social Services and Well-Being Act (Wales) 2014 defines a carer as someone who provides or intends to provide care for an adult or disabled child."

Carer Facts and Figures

  • 58% of carers are women, 42% of carers are men
  • Over 3 million unpaid carers juggle their caring role with their job
  • Over 1.3 million people in the UK provide over 50 hours of care per week


  • One in four carers is a mental health carer
  • Nearly one in eight people in unemployment are a carer
  • One in five carers gives up employment to care
  • Three in five people will be carers at some point in their life
  • Young adult carers aged between 16-18 are twice as likely to not be in education or employment
  • Based on Census figures there are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25.
  • Around 370, 230 people are carers in Wales


Why register as a carer?

  • Being kept up to date with the latest news and legislations about being a carer and your rights as a carer
  • Signposting to the most useful information and support
  • Benefits such as grants, respite schemes, carer breaks, carer discounts
  • Getting to know other carers - meeting others at our events and social groups that take place throughout the week/month

More FAQ's

Carer Myths

"I work full time so I can't register as a carer"

"I don't want to inform my GP that I am a carer because it will affect my benefit entitlement" 

"My child has additional needs, does this mean I am a carer?"

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