‘Share that you Care’ this Carers Right Day – our colleague talks about her family Carer role

Carers Rights Day on Thursday 25 November 2021 is an opportunity to help unpaid carers know their rights and find out how to access help and support.

Southampton has an estimated 32,057 residents who are unpaid carers – looking after a relative, partner, child, or friend due to illness, disability, frailty, a mental health condition or substance misuse.

We are teaming up with partners across the city and our commissioned providers for supporting carers (Carers in Southampton and No Limits) to encourage anyone that gives unpaid support to ‘Share that you Care’.

Kirsten is a Service Development Officer at Southampton City Council and has been an unpaid carer for over 20 years for her son who has chronic schizophrenia – she shares her caring story.

Identifying yourself as a carer can be a challenge. We hope that by unpaid carers speaking openly about their caring responsibilities that it will help other people of all ages that may not have realised they are a ‘carer’ to identify themselves as a carer too, so they can be signposted to the appropriate local support.

If you think you might be a carer, please contact www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk

If you are a young Carer contact nolimitshelp.org.uk