Why do carers need support?

Carer support concerns everyone. Why?
Because…caring is an issue that touches everyone’s life at some point.

Because …

  • 3 out of 5 people in the UK will become carers at some time in their lives
  • taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression
  • the majority of carers struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them
  • many carers go unidentified until many years into their caring role.
  • families affected by illness or disability are facing tough times at the moment and it has never been more important that they know their rights
  • our health and social care systems depend on carers.

The local picture in Bristol and South Gloucestershire
The 2011 census shows that:

  • there are 40,138 carers in Bristol (13.5% of the Bristol population), 9,176 of whom provide care for more than 50 hours per week
  • there are 27,639 carers in South Glos (14.7% of the South Glos population), 5,384 of whom provide care for more than 50 hours per week
  • there are 1,384 young carers (children under 16)
  • there are 3,916 young adult carers (16 to 24 years old)
  • 1 in 3  local carers (34%) provide unpaid care for more than 20 hours every week
  • in Bristol and South Gloucestershire alone, it is estimated that carers save health and social care services £1.19 billion every year by providing unpaid care.

Economic contribution made by local carers

  • the economic value of the contribution made by carers in Bristol is £755.5 m per year which is the highest in the south-west
  • the economic value of the contribution made by carers in South Glos is £439.3 million per year.