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Carers Trust


Today we’ve launched a new survey for unpaid carers to help us understand carers' experience of health services, support services and breaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


To ensure that as many unpaid carers as possible have the opportunity to take part in this research, please share this survey widely with your networks using this link:


Share the survey

If you’re an unpaid carer, you can take part in the research here:


Take the survey

How we will use the results of this survey

Carers' experiences offer vital evidence as we continue to campaign for better support for carers. We’ll use this survey’s results to influence Government decision making, raise awareness of the issues carers face, and inform our expert advice and support.


We will be launching our State of Caring survey, which provides a wider view of the experiences of caring in the last year, later in the summer. The results from our current survey will enable us to make the case for more support as the national restrictions ease.


Our previous impact

Our research and responses to our surveys over the last year have helped us to highlight carers' experiences across the UK to the government, commissioners, service provides and carers, as well a providing evidence for the media. It helped us campaign successfully for better guidance, testing for carers, PPE for unpaid carers, carers' 'support bubbles' and exemptions to allow carers to get a break.  Carers were included in the priority list for the vaccination and we successfully campaigned for specific advice to support juggling work and care. Carers telling us what their priorities are have also helped to focus our work and help decision-makers know what matters to carers at this point in time. We will continue to campaign for carers to get better support.

Want to know more?


If you have any questions about our research, please email policy@carersuk.org.

Thank you for your support, and with best wishes,

Emily Holzhausen OBE

Director of Policy and Public Affairs




Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about Carers. They work with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and we are an affiliated member. To find out more about support services available for Carers at Carers Trust please click HERE.

Make yourself a cuppa and join us for an online chat

As a carer it’s important to take a little break and spend some time talking to people who understand what you’re going through. That’s why we’re organising a weekly online Care for a Cuppa through Zoom.

If you would like to join, please let us know by clicking the relevant link below. You’ll be sent a confirmation email with details on how to join the chat. Please note that it can take up to two working days for your confirmation email to come through. 


Late in 2020 and over the Christmas period we lobbied hard for the inclusion of unpaid carers on the vaccine prioritisation list. We are delighted to have confirmation that unpaid carers are entitled to the vaccine as a priority and our attention has now turned to communicating this in the vaccine rollout and to support decision makers to think about how this can be delivered (e.g. unpaid carers being vaccinated at the same time as the person they care for).


You may well have seen that Carers Trust is recruiting a number of new posts to  underpin our vision to support our network and unpaid carers across the UK. And already this year the England Board has met to support our engagement with the Network and deliver on our plans.  You can find the briefing from England Board on the Knowledge Hub or download a copy here.


Thank you for your commitment and resilience and I wish you all success in the coming year.


Gareth Howells, Chief Executive, Carers Trust




Please read the open letter to the Chancellor sent by Carers UK



Carers Uk have produced a useful guide on Looking After Someone

You can click here to read in full