About carers Definition "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 Source 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 Source 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?" Support local carers Please donate to support local carers Share this page Share this page with your friends/family and help eliminate the assumptions about carers.