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 https://www.carersweek.org/