Where to start

Anyone can become a carer – it is estimated that 3 in 5 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives.

Carers come from all walks of life, social backgrounds and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation – looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it. Becoming a carer affects all of us in different ways. Whether we felt we had a choice about it or were thrown into it because of circumstances, there is no doubt that caring can be difficult at times.

Support for you as a carer

Depending on your caring situation there is a range of information, practical and emotional support that you may need. There are also health, social care and education systems which you may need to understand and navigate through.

By discussing your caring situation and your own personal needs, VOCAL’s carer support team can help you develop an ongoing support plan to help you manage your caring responsibilities while making sure that your own physical and mental health and financial well-being are also taken into account.

VOCAL provides advice, support and information to carers in all caring situations and relationships including families and friends affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use. 

Find out more about what VOCAL can do to support unpaid carers and how we do it:

Contact VOCAL carer support