A Carer is someone who, unpaid, provides help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without that help due to frailty, long-term illness or disability.
Many carers do not see themselves as carers but primarily as a parent, child, wife, husband, partner, friend or neighbour. Many carers tend to be hidden in our communities and are not aware that help and support is available. Carers may live with the person they care for but many do not. Some carers will be balancing caring responsibilities with paid employment. Many give up paid employment to care. There is no such thing as a typical Carer. Caring roles have an impact not only on individual carers but also on whole family units.
Many carers will feel particularly stressed at this time
Telephone support continues to be available. Referrals can be made by phone, email or through the websites (below).
Young Carers Card
The card is intended to help young carers understand the illness of the person they care for, become better involved in health issues and have permission from healthcare professionals to know about the type of treatment being undertaken.
The development of the Young Carers Authorisation Card is supported by the Scottish Government.
Young carers who would like a card should contact:
Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Young Carers Project
Tel: 01324 611510
Stirling Young Carers Service
Tel: 01786 447003