Our survey of adult unpaid carers is now live
Do you care, unpaid, for a family member, friend or partner who cannot cope without your support? If so, we would love you to take our survey.
Survey findings provide invaluable evidence of the pressures and challenges unpaid carers are experiencing and the support they need to deal with these challenges.
Our survey is for unpaid adult carers aged 18 and over to complete and is open until 23:59 on Sunday 11th June.
If you care for someone but don’t identify as someone with ‘carer’ status, you can still take this survey.
Why we are running this survey
We want to understand unpaid carers’ experiences of support.
We will use the findings of the survey to raise the voices of unpaid carers as publicly as possible and influence the Government to make positive changes.
Taking the survey
The survey will take around 15-20 minutes to complete, and will close at 23:59 on Sunday 11th June.
Answering the survey will mean you have a chance to win a £45 Love2Shop voucher – all you need to do is provide your email address at the end of the survey so we can enter you into the competition.
Sharing the survey
We encourage you to share the survey on social media using the graphic and text below:
"Do you care, unpaid, for a family member, friend or partner?
If so, we would love to hear from you!
Get your voice heard and fill in our annual adult #UnpaidCarer survey to help us better understand what support you need to help you in your caring role.
Please share and promote the survey as widely as possible with any adult carers that you know.
What’s different this year?
We have responded to feedback that previous surveys have asked similar questions year on year. This year, we have been intentional in focusing on questions that will add to the existing evidence base and probe more deeply into what’s current for unpaid carers, particularly around access to support.
Thank you so much to the unpaid carers who are our Lived Experience Advisors who helped draft this year's survey questions. Our Lived Experience Advisor roles will be open for application until the survey closes, so if you would like to be involved in the next stage of the survey analysis please do apply.
We hugely appreciate the precious time unpaid carers spend filling out surveys. To prevent survey fatigue, we have timed our survey to run at a different time from the Carers UK survey which will run later in the summer. Our survey will open on Friday 12 May and will run to 23.59 on Sunday 11th June. The Carers UK survey will open after our survey has closed, and will have different areas of focus to our survey.
We hope this minimises survey fatigue as much as possible with carers not being asked to complete different surveys at the same time. It also means that the two surveys’ findings will be published at different times of the year, ensuring there is more total coverage for unpaid carers spread across the calendar.
Why the survey is so important for unpaid carers and local carer organisations
Surveys provide data on the issues affecting unpaid carers most – like the cost-of-living crisis and increases in time spent caring due to the collapse of so many social care services. That data enables us to create strong policy asks and news angles which we use to ensure that issues affecting unpaid carers and local carer organisations achieve the political and media attention that they deserve, and can influence real change.
This has been evidenced in previous years by interviews with carers and Carers Trust on high profile news programmes like BBC Breakfast and Sky News, as well as coverage across national and local print media.
The survey will produce important findings on carers’ views on the support they need, and what local carer organisations need to effectively deliver support.