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Salford Carers Centre

A part of the Gaddum Charity

Registered Charity Number 507162

Telephone: 0161 833 0217

Are you a carer? Do you look after someone?

Do you look after your mum? your son? your daughter? your wife? your sister? your father? your brother? a friend or neighbour? A carer is someone, of any age, who provides unpaid support to family or friends.

You could be caring for a relative, partner or friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental ill health or substance misuse problems.

Carers may not see themselves as being in need of services and many carers don’t identify themselves as such. These are described as ‘hidden carers’.

Carers of people with stigmatised conditions such as mental ill health or drug and alcohol problems may be reluctant to make their needs known.

Young carers and young adult carers (age 16-24) have their own issues and concerns. Our young carers team supports these young people.

Many carers of people with learning disabilities and complex needs have continued their caring role well into their child's adulthood and may not see themselves as carers, but as parents.

Older people are carers too. We hear from many older people who care for a spouse, partner, relative or friend.

80% of carers in the UK are of working age. Holding down a job whilst you care for someone - children, family members or elderly parents is a challenge in itself and many carers juggle jobs and their caring roles.

Many may feel that they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as part of a family – as a parent, neighbour or friend and this may be the case particularly within minority ethnic groups.

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