An unpaid carer is someone who looks after a friend, family member or neighbour who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction could not cope without their support.

Anyone can be an unpaid carer and caring can take a large number of forms.  Caring is undertaken by individuals from all walks of life, for example, a carer could be a 16-year-old girl helping her parents look after her disabled brother, a 80-year-old man caring for his wife who has Alzheimer's, or a 50-year-old woman in full-time employment who provides regular support to an elderly relative.

Although caring takes many forms, some people might not see themselves as a carer and carers can remain hidden for a variety of reasons, such as not wanting to be labelled a carer, or seeing their caring role as a duty. 

As a community it is vital that we help identify carers so that they can access the information and support available to them.

For information about the support available to carers in East Sussex, click here, and to find out about how you can help make a difference to carers' lives, please see our Building Carer Friendly Communities Initiative, or if you'd like to make a donation, click here.