Many people do not see themselves as family carers. 3 in 5 of us will care for someone in our lifetime.
It can take up to two years for a person to recognise themself as a carer, too often at a point of crisis.
I in 7 of the UK workforce also juggles a caring role. Employers can have a crucial role to offer understanding, recognition, flexible working and even help signpost to support.
Health and social care professionals are key to helping someone recognise when they are providing care. The GP in particular will often be a carer's first point of contact with services.
Just asking 'and how are you?' can make a big difference. Helping someone to recognise they are a carer can be the first step to providing them with the support they need to maintain their health and wellbeing, as well as helping better support someone with needs. The earlier a carer is recognised, the more difference can be made.
Carers UK and British Gas produced a powerful short film (3.5 minutes) called 'Two Sides of the Story', which highlights the hidden impacts of caring.
In the video below, Sash talks about what it's like to be a carer for her daughter, her husband, and her father, and the responsibilities this brings.
Lincolnshire Carers Service
The Lincolnshire Carers Service supports adult carers, parent carers and young adult carers. Support is delivered in partnership by Lincolnshire County Council's Customer Service Centre Carers Team and Carers First.
Together they offer comprehensive help over the phone, online, in person and by email:
For more information, to get help or make a referral, contact Lincolnshire County Council's Customer Service Centre Carers Team on 8am -6pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays) on 01522 782224 or email CarersService@lincolnshire.gov.uk.
Local charity EveryOne also supports carers by
Young Carers Service
Young carers can be a member of any family, from any background, and in any situation. The Lincolnshire Young Carers service helps and supports children and young people up to the age of 18 who are helping to care for someone at home.
The Young Carers Service understands that you may be facing challenges at home, at school or college, in your work, or in your social life.
Young Carers offers a comprehensive service which includes someone who will assess your needs, help you to find good information, and make sure your get the right support. There may also be the chance to join groups and activities with other young carers.
To refer a young carer to the service please call 01522 5533275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional's Corner – what carers and young carers want you to know:
Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council - Support for Carers:
Lincolnshire County Council Young Carers:
Local information and advice and activities to support carers in their caring role. Contract details available if the carer feels they need to talk to someone.
Connect to Support Lincolnshire
A wide range of information and advice for carers, not only in relation to their caring role but also to support the person they are caring for.
Digital Resource for Carers
The Carers UK Digital Resource for carers brings together a number of topics carers can learn about to support them in their caring role.