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What is a carer?

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who is ill, elderly, disabled, has a mental health problem or is affected by substance misuse.

A Young Carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 who provides emotional or practical support to a parent, sibling or other family member that goes above and beyond what is expected for a person of that age.

Caring tasks may include:

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, doing the housework and shopping.
  • Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping to use the toilet
  • Physical care, such as lifting, helping the cared for with their mobility
  • Managing finances such as collecting benefits, managing budgets, contributing to household income
  • Medical support such as administering medication, collecting prescriptions, accompanying the cared for to medical appointments
  • Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings.
  • Providing emotional support

A Young Adult Carer is a carer who is between the ages of 16 and 25.

A Parent Carer is a carer who has a child under the age 19 who has a disability or additional learning needs.

Contact us

Phone: 01656 658479
Fax: 01656 659498
Address: Bridgend Carers Centre, 87 Park Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AZ