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Being a Carer

There are 6.5 million informal carers in the UK. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Most of us will look after an elderly relative, sick partner or disabled family member at some point in our lives. But whilst caring is part and parcel of life, without the right support, the personal costs of caring can be high.

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Are you a Carer?
Many people do not see themselves as 'Carers' at all

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the pdf icon Information for Carers (booklet) [1Mb] may be helpful.  Ask the Adult Social Care to send a copy to you.  They will also be able to give you information, advice.  Click on the 'Carers Assessment' link to find out more information about completing a carers assessment and to find out if you are eligible for support from West Berkshire Council.Information and Advice'

Caring for Others Survey 2012 -13

During November - December 2012 we conducted a 'Caring for Others' survey to help us understand carers experiences of services, and whether information and services offered improved carers ability to care and live a life outside this role.

The results from this survey were reviewed by West Berkshire's Carers Strategy Group in February 2013 and have helped us to further understand our priorities for the future.

Copies of the report can be downloaded below:

pdf icon Carers Survey 2012 -13 Executive Summary [49kb]

pdf icon Carers Survey 2012 -13 Full report [186kb]


There are a number of organisations that provide a wide range of information, advice and guidance to support you in your role as a carer. Some of these are shown below but there are many more which can be found in the Carers Information Booklet or on our Social Care Information Point.

Some carers are children or young people who are caring for a parent or family friend as well as going to school - we call them 'Young Carers'. Coping with these extra responsibilities can be very hard for children and young people.

Respite care is any sort of help and support that enables a person to take a break from the responsibility of caring for somebody else.

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