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What we do

We understand that life as a carer can be challenging. Getting the support and help you need shouldn’t be.

Any of our lives could be turned upside down due to the ill-health, frailty or disability of a family member or friend. In fact, two in three of us can expect to become a carer in our lifetime.

5 million people identified as carers in the 2021 Census and other research suggests this figure could be even higher. Their huge contribution saves our economy £162 billion each year - the cost of a second NHS.  Each carer’s needs and situation are as unique as they are, but many face similar challenges.

They can struggle to balance employment, finances, or their own wellbeing and time for themselves with their caring role. They may not be aware of the help and support available to them - and that’s why we’re here. 

Carers First works directly with, and for carers, providing personalised information and tailored support in the way that suits them: online, on the phone, or face-to-face in their local community. With the help of our supporters and volunteers, we can continue to be there for carers, helping them find balance, and to live their lives to the fullest - today, and for years to come.

We're here to help

Every carer’s story is different, but Carers First are here to tailor support to you so that you can live your life to the fullest. We can support you in one or more of the following areas:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Carers wellbeing assessments
  • Connecting you with other carers
  • Taking breaks
  • Getting financial support
  • Help with everyday tasks
  • Planning ahead
  • Handling legal matters
  • Managing work or education
Our values

Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to our values