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.


of carers are women


of people will be a carer at some point in their life


of carers are men

More Carer Facts and Figures

  • 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

Carer Myths

  • "I work full time, can I register as an unpaid carer?"
  • "My child has additional needs, am I a carer?"
  • Yes - you are an unpaid carer. Register with NEWCIS to see how we can support you in your caring role.

Why Register With NEWCIS?

  • Keep up to date with the latest news and legislations about being a carer and your rights as a carer
  • Get signposted to the most useful information and support
  • Access benefits such as grants, respite schemes, carer breaks, carer discounts
  • Get to know other carers and socialise with like-minded people