A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability. This may include helping with personal care, medication, cooking, shopping, housework and giving emotional support.
Carers Can be:
- Male or female.
- Any age (including children looking after an ill or disabled parent, brother or sister).
- From any ethnic, religious or racial background and of any sexual orientation.
- In part-time or full-time employment.
Many people do not recognise themselves as carers. They are parents, grandparents, children, partners, friends or neighbours doing what needs to be done to maintain the quality of life for those they are looking after. They may not realise that support is available to help them in their caring role.
Sunderland Carers Centre offers a confidential information, advice and support service to carers throughout the City of Sunderland. They are open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm or out of office hours by appointment. Their contact details are: