Carers Trust, the largest charity for unpaid carers has launched a new online relationship guide for unpaid carers.

The guide has been developed in partnership with OnePlusOne, a relationship research charity, promoting early action in relationship support with focus on prevention rather than crisis intervention. The guide provides unpaid carers with advice to help them cope with the strain that caring can put on relationships.

The guide is split into two sections called: 'I am a carer for my partner' and 'I look after a family member, friend or neighbour'.  In each of these there are a number of self-help articles, including: the challenges of being lover and carer, caring for a parent and how the stress of caring can impact relationships.

The guide contains real-life examples to help unpaid carers cope and is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust comments:

"Many unpaid carers find that looking after someone else causes problems with partners, family and friends. They may keep worries to themselves and feel they are betraying the person they care for if they admit their caring role is affecting their relationships.

"This is particularly hard if they are caring for their partner. Our partnership with OnePlusOne will help us support those unpaid carers who are finding it difficult.”

Penny Mansfield, Director at OnePlusOne says:

"Whether you are caring for your partner, your parent or your child, meeting their everyday physical and emotional needs will affect your own physical and mental wellbeing – and the quality of the relationship between the two of you.

"By working alongside organisations like Carers Trust, who know the communities they serve so well – together we can empower carers to manage the impact of caring on their relationships with others."