Carers’ Partnership Wandsworth aims to support as many Carers are possible. We aren’t able to do this without the support of professionals who identify and refer Carers to us.
Identifying Carers can be difficult, as many people don’t see themselves as Carers or understand the use of the word. It can be difficult for them to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person they care for.
Caring can have a big impact on someone’s life, and this is only likely to increase as time goes by. Even if a Carer is managing now, it’s important to identify them so that they know what help is available. Nobody wants them to wait until their situation reaches a crisis point.
Who is a Carer?
A Carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. All the care they give is unpaid.
Anyone can become a Carer. Carers come from all walks of life and can be any age: some are children and young adults. Many feel they are just doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.