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The Princess Royal Trust Helensburgh & Lomond Carers Project

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.

Most carers would still not recognise themselves under the term 'carer'. They are just people trying to cope as best they can while helping to look after an elderly relative who has developed Alzheimer's, a partner with Multiple Sclerosis or a young child born with cerebral palsy.

They may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home.

In total there are 5.7 million adult carers across the UK, of whom almost one million are looking after somebody for more than 50 hours each week. There are also estimated to be 50,000 young carers in the UK - young people under the age of 18 who might be helping to look after a parent with physical disabilities or mental health problems, or who may be caring for a brother or sister with learning disabilities.

Carer Quality of Life tool launches
A new manual to provide health and social care practitioners with a tool to measure the quality of life of adult, unpaid carers has been launched today (Thursday 17th February 2011). The Adult Carer...

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Carers' News

Scottish Young Carers Festival 2010
New figures have shown that almost 90 per cent of Scottish young carers feel that their schools and GPs do nothing to support them – and that is despite the fact that young carers save the public purse...

Consultation on Carers Strategy 'Refresh'
Paul Burstow MP, Minister for Care Services, has announced a consultation on what the Government should prioritise to support carers from 2011-2015. This will focus on how best to deliver the five...

Mental Health and the Triangle of Care
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the National Mental Health Development Unit today published a guide which emphasizes the need for better local strategic involvement of carers and families in...

Caring Together and Getting it Right
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers welcomed the Scottish Government’s Caring Together and Getting it Right for Young Carers strategies launched on 26 July 2010 at The Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire...

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