"A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction, cannot cope without their support" - Carers Trust

According to Carers UK there are 6.5 million carers supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill across the UK. Almost 100,000 of those live in Surrey, with 14,000 providing care for more than 50 hours a week.

At Surrey and Borders, we are committed to supporting you while you are looking after someone who uses our services. We have a team of Carers Practice Advisors whose role it is to help and support you. If they can’t help you directly, they may be able to point you in the direction of someone who has the expertise you need. For example, many organisations can give practical, day-to-day financial advice or lend a supportive ear if you’re feeling under pressure.

They can also help ensure that you receive a Carer's Need Assessment, so that you receive the support you need as well as your loved one while they receive our services.

If you are new to caring, visit Carers UK, a charity set up to people who look after family and friends. Our useful links and resources also contain further help and information.