HUG_mainA CARER is anyone who provides unpaid care, for a family member, friend or partner.

The amount and type of care that carers provide varies considerably, from providing a few hours of care a week – shopping, collecting medication and taking someone to medical appointments, to caring around the clock.

One in eight people in the UK (6.5 million) are carers and of these, 3 million are combining their work with caring for someone.

Many carers struggle with caring duties, unaware of the help and support available to them.

Help can come in practical support, for example, respite care, but also in financial support – astonishingly in an online survey of 800 carers conducted by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now known as Carers Trust), 35% had missed out on state benefits because they weren’t made aware of their entitlements.

As a carer is it imperative you are aware of your rights and entitlements and how to access them.

Equally, don’t overlook your own needs as a carer – making time for yourself is crucial to your own health and wellbeing.

Three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives, and that’s why BWC were proud to support #carersrightsday.

This year’s theme – Looking after someone? Know your rights – aims to make carers aware of their rights, where to seek advice, and how to meet their own needs.

For more information, read our guides on carers rights, caring responsibilities and benefits for carers, or call our helpline on 0800 0234 834