Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides or intends to provide help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage because of frailty, illness, disability, mental health needs or issues with drugs and/or alcohol.
Carers can be from any race, faith or social background, of any gender, ethnicity and of any sexual orientation. Carers can care for more than one person, maybe studying, working or unemployed, and may have their own disabilities or illnesses.
Carer is the term used in line with legislation, Government strategies and policies. It is recognised that some people dislike the term and that it can cause confusion with paid care workers, Personal Assistants, Shared Lives carers or volunteer carers.
To view the latest Joint Havering Carers Strategy 2017-2019 please click here