Carers Week recognises the valuable contribution that people make when they look after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. There are 6.5 million carers in the UK - 1.5 million are over 60. Every day 6,000 people take on new caring responsibilities.

Reality of caring

New research reveals the crisis of carers struggling without support and huge gaps in people’s understanding about caring. A poll published to mark Carers Week 2014 reveals only a tiny fraction (9%) of the nation correctly state the true scale of unpaid, family care. The reality is that 1 in 8 adults are already caring for a family member or close friend who is frail or facing long-term illness or disability.

This year’s Carers Week Quest aims to increase the total amount of support carers get.

Download your pledge card today and show your support for carers.

For more information on Carers Week Quest and to pledge your support for carers, visit the Carers Week website (this link will open in a new window)

We provide advice on benefits and entitlements, getting a care assessment, moving into a care home, paying for care, being discharged from hospital and much more.

Our Guide 10: 'Carers- what support is available' explains what benefits, entitlements and services are available to help carers in England.

To speak to an expert adviser, call us on 0800 319 6789 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm) or email us at

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