Caring Behind Closed Doors

Carers UK's #CaringBehindClosedDoors research report has found that the coronavirus crisis is having a profound impact on carers' lives.

Millions of people are providing care unpaid every day. During this national crisis many carers have had to provide more care for their elderly, sick or disabled family or friends.

Their report, Caring Behind Closed Doors, found 70% of carers are providing more care than before. Over a third are providing that care because of the closure or reduction of local services. Carers were already under pressure before, but now over half (55%) tell Carers UK that they feel overwhelmed and are worried they are going to burn out in the next few weeks.

Unpaid carers are fighting the same battle as care staff and many of our NHS workers: yet they are doing it behind closed doors and with far less recognition. Carers UK would like your help in asking the Government to take more action to support carers.

Their new campaign asks the Government to:
1. Raise the profile of unpaid carers
2. Raise Carer's Allowance
3. Increase testing & personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers and unpaid carers
4. Make care a priority.

Join their campaign here:

You can help ask for more support for carers.

Take a photo of yourself with the Carers UK placard (or make your own if you don’t have access to a printer) and share on Facebook or Twitter, making sure to use the hashtag #CaringBehindClosedDoors

Download the placard here

Caring Behind Closed Doors Placard

Share your support on Twitter here

Share your support on Facebook or other social media platforms by using this text:

Millions of people are #CaringBehindClosedDoors I'm joining Carers UK's campaign asking the Gov to raise the profile of unpaid carers, raise Carer's Allowance, increase testing & PPE for care workers and unpaid carers and to make care a priority 

You could also tag your MP in the post – you can find their social media details using this website if you don’t know them already.