Our Care O'Clock campaign in spring and autumn helps raise awareness that for most carers there are never enough hours in the day.

When the clocks go forward at the start of spring it’s tempting to grumble about losing an hour’s sleep. But for most carers, that's one hour less to catch up on missed sleep.

And when the clocks go back in the autumn, most carers can't take advantage of one extra hour in bed.

Many carers care round the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's tiring, and can often include getting up several times a night to help look after the person they care for. Not surprisingly, caring round the clock means many carers are exhausted. For young carers it can also mean they find it even harder to concentrate at school the next day.

We know that many carers are at breaking point and are finding it increasingly hard to go on without support.

That's why, when the clocks go forward or back an hour, our Care O’clock campaign raises awareness about the difference a single hour of rest would make to carers.  

Supporting is easy. If you are on Twitter, you can share a link to this page, remembering to use the hashtag #CareOClock. Or you can visit our Twitter or Facebook pages to share / retweet our posts on #CareOClock. 

How we're making a difference

Man with care support worker

Local Carers Trust services provide support in the community for carers of all ages. This includes emotional and practical help such as care in the home overnight to enable carers to take a break. They can also help carers apply for one of our grants for essential equipment such as a mattress or new bedding to ensure a better night’s sleep.

Carers like 36-year-old Simon who cares full time for his mum Phyllis who has had a stroke and has epilepsy and depression. Simon provides her personal care and gives his mum emotional support as well as doing all the household chores.

Simon struggles financially on benefits and was having to sleeping on the sofa as he had spent his money on a fridge to store his mum’s medication rather than a bed for himself. But thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to award him a grant which helped towards the cost of a new bed and hopefully a better night’s sleep.

Help us make a difference for carers like Simon

  • £25 could go towards a dedicated mentor who can offer support to a young carer while they are at school.
  • £75 could save an exhausted carer time by going towards a washing machine – vital equipment for a carer.
  • £100 could give peace of mind to an anxious carer by going towards a series of counselling sessions.
  • £350 could help an exhausted carer have a good night's sleep by enabling them to buy a new bed. 
  • £500 could help a desperate carer by going towards emergency help where practical support is given in crisis.
  • £1,000 could help five carers to access respite care and have a break from their caring responsibilities.
  • £10,000 could pay for the development and production of resources to raise awareness of carers’ issues.
  • Leaving a gift in your will could help us plan ahead, so we can help carers in the future.

If you would like to support our work helping carers like Simon get a much needed break and a rest, please donate.

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