​​​​Each caring role is different.  Becoming a carer can happen gradually or very suddenly, lasting for a short time or for a few years. You might care for someone two or three hours a week or they might need you all the time. Many carers simply see themselves as a supportive partner, son, daughter or friend.  Caring for someone with a life limiting condition can affect people's own health, mental wellbeing, working life and relationships. Lack of support can lead to an increased need for health and social care services, for the carer and the person they're caring for. 

To read more about the support services and networks available to support you, click on the links below: 

British Heart Foundation: Caring for a heart 

Marie Curie: The role of a carer​

Alzheimer's Society: Dementia guide support for carers  

Macmillan: Young people caring for someone with cancer

Katharine House Hospice: Carers support group

Macmillan: Supporting Carers

North Staffordshire Carers Association: Putting carers first​

Motor neurone disease association: Getting help​

​​Support for abereaved child or young person

Cruse bereavement support​

Bereavement advicecentre: practical advice