What makes someone a carer?

A carer is a person of any age who cares unpaid for a friend, neighbour, family member or partner who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, could not cope without their support.

Caring for someone covers lots of different things, such as helping people with washing, dressing or eating, taking them to appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

There are an estimated 95,000 people in Norfolk who spend much of their time providing unpaid support.

Many people do not realise they are carers, nor that they are entitled to help themselves.