Getting Carers Connected in their communities

This week is carers week (June 10th to 16th) and Kent County Council is urging everyone to support carers in getting the practical, financial and emotional help they need.

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse problems or needs extra help as they age.

Carers can be of all ages. For some, the role can come on suddenly as a result of accident or the birth of a disabled child. For others, caring responsibilities can grow gradually over time.

At the last census in 2011, Kent had more than 151,000 carers, around 10% of the population. This number is expected to rise to 171,000 by 2020.

While caring can be a rewarding experience, carers face various challenges themselves such as emotional and mental health problems. Looking after a relative can particularly impact on young carers’ education, health and development. 

Find out more about Carers Week

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