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Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

This guidance is for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

Some localised support varies to that mentioned in this document, if you have any questions please get in contact with us.

A right to Carer's Leave

The Government are running a consultation which seeks the views on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide care.

You can share your views at: the deadline is 03 August 2020.

Carers UK said "Millions of people in the UK juggle their caring responsibilities with paid work. For these ‘working carers’, balancing work and care can be a real struggle – with carers saying they are tired, stressed and struggling to manage their own physical and mental health. They urgently need more support to ensure they can remain in work.

A right to carer’s leave is an issue that Carers UK has campaigned on for a long time. Thanks to the help of our supporters and campaigns, and the work of other organisations in raising this issue, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is currently consulting on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid carer’s leave each year to provide unpaid care."

Social media scams

You’re probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach victims - emails, texts, phone calls, letters and sometimes doorstep scams.

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers?

This leaflet provides some tips on how to avoid being scammed on social media.

For more tips on staying safe online visit

Guidance for those under 25 who provide care for someone

The government has produced guidance for those under 25 who provide care for someone, helping them to understand the changes they need to make -

This guidance is for young carers and young adult carers (see below). It will also be helpful for those who provide services to support young people who provide care (also referred to as young carers or young adult carers).

The information and advice provided here is designed to help young carers understand the changes they need to make and signposts the help available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.




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