In Essex an estimated 145,000 people provide care and support for someone else who needs help with their day-to-day life.
These unpaid carers play a vital role in supporting people who are frail, ill, disabled, or who have mental health or substance misuse problems. But carers have needs too. Many are particularly vulnerable to stress and breakdown: about 32,000 are estimated to provide care for more than 50 hours per week.
The local NHS and Essex County Council co-fund a service, ‘Supporting Carers in Essex’ that makes it easier for unpaid carers of all ages to access support when they need it, by providing a single contact point for carers and access to consistent support anywhere is Essex.