A carer is anyone who cares unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
According to the 2011 Census there are over 17,500 carers in Portsmouth, and according to Carers UK, a 30% turnover - which means 5,500 Portsmouth residents take on caring responsibilities every year.
It is important for carers to be referred to The Carers Centre as soon as possible, as it allows us to support them in their journey and caring role, and delay in receiving support may cause possible crisis situation.
Early support allows carers to stay in employment and prevents financial difficulties. Very often carers minimise impact caring has on their life and wellbeing- they may not be coping as well as it may seem. Emotional support, carers breaks and peer support have positive effect on carers' mental health.
Research proves that early carer support minimises financial impact on services and user reliance on health and social care.
- to learn more about carers please complete the e-learning course Carer aware.