The Trust is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 141 independently managed Carers' Centres, 83 young carers services and interactive websites, The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to almost 310,000 carers, including over 15,500 young carers.
A carer is someone, who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. The term carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.
A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 carrying out significant caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person, which would normally be taken by an adult.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer, they are just looking after their mother, son, or best friend, just getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in the same situation.
Carers don’t choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it – if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
In addition, the country is becoming increasingly reliant on carers to deliver the new style of care for people with long term conditions, such as the home based and patient led care outlined in the Health White Paper, Our health, Our care, Our say. The new policy drive for home based, individually tailored care must include a focus on carers to avoid care packages collapsing when an unpaid family carer cannot carry on. Even without the increases in quality the government wishes, the costs of care for older people will double by 2020.
Advice site unveiled for young carers.(The Princess Royal Trust for Carers)(Youngcarers.net)(The Pears Family Foundation)(Brief Article)
Sep 02, 2004; A new online support site aimed at young carers has been launched by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Youngcarers.net allows...
Express in Xmas appeal link with UK carer charity.(news; Daily Express; The Princess Royal Trust for Carers)(Brief Article)
Nov 28, 2003; The Daily Express is launching its first Christmas appeal after teaming up with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to reap...
The Unsung heroes: Jean's just one of six million ; There are an estimated six million unpaid carers in the UK. Today,the Evening Mail joins forces with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers andWesleyan Assurance Society to launch the Wesleyan Carers Award aimed atrecognising their vital work
Mar 28, 2001; JEAN Dunn finds it hard to remember a time when she wasn't a carer. For the past 25 years she has dedicated a large part of her...