If you have recently become a carer, you may need to consider tapping into support structures and services – find out how below.
In total Carers UK estimate that there are around 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, whether that's looking after someone with a disability, mental or physical illness or support for someone elderly.
The coronavirus outbreak means that many more people found themselves taking on more - or new - caring responsibilities for relatives and friends who find themselves in need of support.
Are you an 'accidental carer? Did your caring responsibilities creep up on you so slowly that you didn't realise and it took a while for you to realise that you had actually a become 'a carer'?
Are you a sudden Covid carer? Did lockdown suddenly throw a new responsibility your way, looking after an elderly relative, neighbour or vulnerable friend?
Are you an unpaid carer? Are you one of the millions of carers who do their caring out of love, friendship or duty while juggling the responsibilities of the rest of your work and family life.
Are you a covert carer? Do you care for someone but no one at work or within your network knows (or therefore makes allowances or support) for this additional role.
While caring for someone can be a very rewarding experience, it can also be an exhausting and isolating one, and the added challenges and complications of caring under lockdown cannot be underestimated. Becoming visible in four key ways will help you tap into support structures and services.
There are also a lot of resources for carers including local and national carers associations but these are a good starting point.