There are around 7 million carers in the UK. That's one in ten people. And three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives.

Young carers with their sisters

Here is a selection of stories from carers sharing their experiences of caring.

Lottie’s story

I definitely think it’s good to go to young carers groups or have your own hobbies and do activities that are just for you.”

Lottie is 22 and has cared for her brother Harvey for 19 years. Harvey has Angelman syndrome, autism and ADHD.

Josie's and Jamie's story

I like coming to young carers so we get a break."

Brother and sister Josie, 11, and Jamie, nine, are two young carers who help their parents care for their sisters. 

Kate's* story

As a result of accessing the Carers Trust Network Partner services and activities I feel less isolated."

Kate is 17 years old and cares for her mother, who has arthritis, and her 15-year-old sister and four-year-old brother who both have autism spectrum disorder.

Lily's* story

 I will be able to continue caring with more energy and compassion because of a good night’s sleep.”

45-year-old Lily cares for her husband Tom and was finding it hard to get a good night's sleep until Carers Trust helped with the purchase of a new bed.

Ella's* story

The money would help me achieve my goals much quicker than I would be able to myself.”

Ella is 25 and spends over 100 hours each week caring for her parents. Thanks to Carers Trust support she is one step closer to realising her dreams of running her own business.

Nick's* story

The diary rules our lives."

Nick is 50 and, along with his wife, carers for his 14 year old son Louis who has developmental dyspraxia.

Jake's* story

It's nice to know there is support there if you need it."

Jake is 20 years old and has helped to care for his younger brother, who has autism and epilepsy, since he was aged four.

Ibrahim's* story

This grant means I can stop worrying about where I'm going to store my wife's medication."

Ibrahim is 68 and cares for his wife Nadira 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When they needed a new fridge to store Nadira's medication in, Carers Trust was able to step in and help.

Bethany's story

Being a carer is all I have really known. It has made me the person I am today."

Bethany is 26 years old and is a carer for both her mum and brother.

Rebecca's story

My strongest piece of advice for others in similar positions is to really know that you are in fact superheroes! It may not seem it at times but you really are."

Rebecca was 20 years old when she became a carer for her mum. 

Julia's story

I had a challenging and isolating time with mum at home, but I got lots of support from my local council. There were many joyful times too. I have special memories of my precious time with mum."

Julia is a carer for her mum who has dementia.

* Identities and photos of carers have been changed in the interest of privacy.