Why is supporting Carers so important?
Carers make a major contribution to society. Estimates show that the care provided by friends and family members to ill, frail or disabled relatives is equivalent to £119 billion every year. To be frank, without Carers, society would collapse. Carers are often referred to as the ‘hidden army’ of society as the magnitude of the work that they do is unpaid and done at home behind closed doors. If Carers are not given support, they are likely to burn out.
It is important to consider, that with people living longer, at some point in your life, you may find yourself in this position and become a Carer to someone that you love.