There are almost 7 million Carers in the UK with an estimated 13 million people expected to become Carers in the next decade. Over 1.25 million Carers provide over 50 hours per week of care and 42% of the Carers are men. The value of the work that Carers do is currently estimated at £132 billion per annum. The 2011 census in Blackburn with Darwen revealed that there were 15,756 self-identifying carers in the Borough and over 4,000 of these people provided more than 50 hours per week of care.
Of carers caring for more than 50 hours a week:
- 1 in 3 report depression
- 1 in 2 report disturbed sleep
- 1 in 4 report back and other strains
- 40% have significant stress levels
- 3 in every 4 carers are worse off financially as a result of caring
- Only 25% of carers have had a ‘Carers Assessment’ and over 50% were unaware they have an entitlement to an assessment of their own needs, as a ‘Carer’.
Unfortunately many carers do not identify that they are a carer, although they may identify themselves as a concerned other, and can identify that their lives are impacted through a family member or friends illness or disability, such as:
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Mental ill health issues
- Drugs and/or Alcohol issues
As a Carers Service we understand all too well the impact that these issues can have on carers and because of this we work tirelessly to identify and support carers and concerned others to ensure they have early help and support without the need for issues to reach a crisis point.