Every year in Wales 123,000 people will become carers.
A ‘hidden carer’ may be someone with caring responsibilities who is not accessing the support to which they are entitled.
Age Cymru is aiming to raise awareness and identify hidden carers to individuals and groups in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf areas through our Hidden Carers campaign, to ensure you get the support which is available to you, both financially and practically.
The majority of carers take years to recognise their caring role.
According to a Carers UK survey
- Over half of carers (54%) took over a year to recognise their caring role
- Almost one in four carers (24%) took over 5 years to identify as a carer
- Nearly one in ten (9%) took over 10 years.
If you look after your partner, a relative or a friend who needs help, you are a carer. Although being a carer can be rewarding, there may be times when it feels difficult and overwhelming.
- 81% of carers said they are not aware of the support available.
- 58% of carers worry about their finances.
- 80% of carers said that caring has had a negative impact on their health.
If you do not see yourself as a carer, then you are unlikely to consider asking for a carer’s assessment, applying for Carer’s Allowance , or seeking advice from others who find themselves in similar circumstances. It may be that you’ve looked after someone for a long time and don’t think of yourself as a carer, but you could be missing out on crucial practical, financial and emotional support.
If you'd like more information on the campaign or are a carer seeking advice and information, call Age Cymru Advice on 08000 223 444, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or send our information and advice team an email