There are more than 32,000 people across Torbay and South Devon who support a friend or relative. They may be helping with shopping or meals, attending appointments with them, or just making sure that they are alright. They may be an older couple who do things for each other, a parent carer or a young carer. They may not see themselves as a ‘carer’ or know about the support available to them.
An unpaid carer supports someone who is unable to manage because they have a physical, hearing, visual or learning disability; drug, alcohol or mental health issue; or are frail or vulnerable. They are considered ‘unpaid’ as it isn’t part of their paid or voluntary employment to provide care, but they may receive Carers Allowance Opens in a new window.
We believe that all carers are important - it doesn’t matter what age you are, how many hours you do, whether you live with the person, or whether the person receives services. We want to actively support and work in partnership with carers, to get the best outcomes for both them and the person for whom they care.