It’s My Duty / Zak Waters

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A carer is anybody who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of an illness, frailty or any other kind of disability.

It’s likely that every one of us will have caring responsibilities at some time in our lives. There are around six million carers in the UK, but with more of us living longer and having age-related illnesses and disability, that figure will certainly rise.

The challenges faced take many forms. Many carers juggle their caring responsibilities with work, study and other family commitments. Some, in particular younger carers, are not known to be carers. They don’t tell relatives, friends or social services about their responsibilities because of fear of separation, guilt, pride or other reasons. This is an ongoing study of the lives of carers, highlighting their role within communities all over the UK.