Carers Support Cumbria
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Who Is A Carer?

Information and Facts

“A carer is someone of any age who cares, unpaid for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction could not manage without their support.”

Did you know?

  • Carers Support Cumbria exists to enable support to be delivered to unpaid carers throughout Cumbria’s 6 Districts. We support all carers; young, adult, working, and parent carers.
  • In the 2011 census 56,495 individuals in Cumbria declared themselves as carers – this was an increase of 9% from the previous census in 2001.  Of these 10,627 provide care for more than 50 hours a week; this was an increase of 25% from the 2001 census.
  • According to Carers UK 6.5 million people in the UK are carers and this number is continuing to increase each year.
  • There are 4.27 million carers of working age living in te UK; 2.44 million (57%) of these are women and 1.83 million (43%) are men.
  • 1 in 10 people at any one time will be a carer, and you have a 3 in 5 chance of being a carer at some point in your life.
  • The employment rate for carers is at 67% (72% of men and 62% of women).
  • Nearly one in eight workers is a carer.
  • One in five carers give up employment to care.
  • The current value of unpaid care that carers give in the UK is £132bn (from Carers UK State of Caring 2017)
  • We believe there is a hidden army of unpaid carers in Cumbria; we can help you and support you in your caring role.
  • Carers Support Cumbria held conferences in 2015 and 2017.  A main part of the 2017 conference centred around poetry which carers throughout the county had written during a series of workshops with the Wordsworth Trust.  A booklet containing the collection of poetry was published.

How We Work ?

If you are a carer, you are legally entitled to a Carer’s Assessment, which identifies your needs as a carer. We can do the Assessment with you once you get in touch, and then work together to draw up a support plan. The support plan can include things that you feel will help you, such as respite care, information or involving other agencies.  

We operate from a strength based approach, looking at what you are already accomplishing, what support networks you have and helping you via the support plan to help fill the gaps.

We work on a referral basis – you can refer yourself to us by phoning the number below.  Or you can ask a relative or professional (including your GP or care provider) to get in touch for you. 

Once we’ve got some basic information about you and the person you’re caring for, one of our trained Carer Support Workers will get in touch with you and take things from there.

Feedback From Carers and Stakeholders

They act fast and are reliable and discreet
They give you respect for your caring role and respect for you as in individual
In times of trouble and stress, there is someone there to help
They are helpful to the carer, friendly and supportive. I have felt helped and valued
Give added support especially as I am without local family support
As a GP, I've found it invaluable being able to refer patients to CSC members. Most GPs will have seen how the demands of being a carer can affect a carer's health, which isn't just bad for the carer but also ultimately for the person they care for. Carers are often isolated and find it difficult to manage day-to- day activities on top of their caring responsibilities. CSC members provide bespoke support that encourages carers to have a life beyond caring. CSC members assist carers to recharge their batteries and strike a balance between helping their family member and taking time out. As a GP, I know that services between health and social care can be fragmented and CSC members provide a listening ear, practical support and advice to bridge this gap in statutory services. - Dr Ken Sutton, GP