1 in 10 Wigan residents providing Unpaid Care

Carers,In the News 4 February 2023

Data from the 2021 Census has shed more light on Wigan and Leigh’s population of unpaid carers.  Read the full article here.

According to NHS England it takes carers an average of two years to acknowledge themselves as a carer for a friend or relative. The problem is that carers don’t always recognise themselves as carers or realise that they require support themselves. For many people, looking after someone doesn’t have a name, it is ‘just something you do’. However, not recognising that you have a caring role can be a barrier to accessing vital support.

Support is available for Wigan and Leigh carers

If you are caring for someone, you don’t have to tell anyone that you’re a carer, or officially call yourself a carer, but it can be useful to register with your GP and your local carers organisation or support, such as Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre

As a carer you can access the range of support on offer; including information, advice and guidance relating to your individual needs, helping to connect you to local and national services and to other local carers through our support groups, training sessions and events.

Register yourself as a carer here

or call 01942 697885 to register over the telephone.