People like you

3 in 5 of us will become carers at some stage in our lives. Caring can be unpredictable; it can happen overnight or creep up on you and often cannot be planned. However you are not alone. In fact there are currently over 3 million people in the UK who are working and caring for someone.

View the links below for some case studies of working carers.

James, 28, became a carer literally overnight. His dad, Owen, had a fall and was paralysed below the neck. As an only child James’ life changed, “I’ve become a kind-of parent”.

My dad has been on his own since mum died 3 years ago. At 79, he’s got a heart condition, incontinence, is generally very frail and unable to get around the house, even with his walking frame and we thought we’d lost him three times.

Tina lives in Wales and works for the Ministry of Justice. Last year Tina’s daughter Sarah underwent a major operation which took place in Liverpool. 

Simon and his fiancée, Lynn, cared for her father, Bryan until he passed away this year, aged 86. His employer, Nutricia, has a Carers Policy in place, allowing Simon to receive the help and support he needed to balance his work life with caring for his father-in-law.

Lorna has a 21 year old son James who has full body cerebral palsy. Lorna has cared for James throughout his life. Lorna has worked at Sainsbury’s for the past five years.