What is a carer?

In Somerset you are considered to be a carer if you give up your time without pay, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who is ill, frail or has a disability. You can be a parent carer, a young carer, or care for an older person or other adult with care needs.

Here you can find information about being a carer, and the advice, help and support available.

A parent carer is someone who looks after a child of their own who has a disability, chronic illness or behavioural difficulties.

A young carer is someone under 18 years old who looks after a family member, friend or neighbour.

Carers can also care for an older person, someone with physical disabilities, sensory loss, learning disabilities, long-term illness, substance misuse or mental health problems.