Many people spend time providing unpaid care. In Barnsley it's estimated that over 28,000 people are caring for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are referred to as unpaid or informal carers. They see themselves as just being a husband, wife, mum, dad, son, daughter, friend or just a good neighbour.
For some people, taking on a caring role can be sudden and unexpected. It can also be something that grows gradually over time. Being a carer can provoke a complex mix of emotions and can be both rewarding and frustrating. It can also be costly in terms of life chances, financial security and health and mental wellbeing.
Carers play a vital role in the health and social care system. You'll find lots of support for carers here, including details about having a carer's assessment and local support groups. You can also find out how to balance work while supporting someone's health or care needs.
Unpaid carers, or informal carers, are those who care for a family member, friend or neighbour. The amount and type of support these carers provide can vary considerably.
A carer's assessment allows us to work out if you're eligible for support from adult social care in your role as an unpaid carer.
Local and national support groups and organisations who can support you in your role as a carer.
Young people under 18 who look after someone in their family who has an illness, disability or mental ill-health, taking on tasks that would normally be done by an adult.