Information For Carers

Information For Carers

Caring for a family member or friend? Then you are not alone. Across Gloucestershire, more than 63,000 carers work tirelessly, without pay, to ensure the people they care for get the most out of life.

I never imagined I was a carer. Wife, yes. Carer? Absolutely not. I thought carers wore uniforms and got paid for their work.

Read Jean’s story

Am I a carer?

You may not think of yourself as a ‘carer’. In fact, many of us don’t. The care we give is often wrapped up in love. We look after those who mean the most to us, because if we don’t, who will?

That’s why people who care often say things like ‘I’m just a mum,’ or ‘I’m just a husband’. Yet each day, they go above and beyond to provide care, often ignoring their own needs and putting their own lives on hold.

If you provide unpaid care and support to someone who could not manage without your help, then you are a carer - whether you give round-the-clock care at home, or support someone for a few hours each week.

  • 72% of carers report having suffered mental ill health as a result of their caring responsibilities
  • One in three people from Gloucestershire will be affected by caring in some way or other
  • 12,500 carers in the county spend 50 hours or more a week in their caring role

Find support...

Caring can be rewarding, but it can can also be exhausting and isolating. While Carers Gloucestershire is not currently able to offer advice for carers, you may find information on our website to help with your caring role. 

If you wish to speak with someone, please call the Gloucestershire Carers Hub, managed by PeoplePlus on 0300 111 9000.