Carers are at the heart of what we do, and sharing real-life stories is a way of bringing to life what it’s really like to be an unpaid carer.
It’s a sobering thought that every day in Gloucestershire alone, statistically 50 people will unexpectedly become a carer. A phone call or a diagnosis will lead to the same result, a life changed.
Many of us will become carers over a lifetime, whether through a sudden change in circumstances or gradually over the years as loved ones age or become unwell and can't cope without our support.
More than 15,000 carers are registered with Carers Gloucestershire.
Here are some of their stories.