• Claire Cook

#51 | Results from 20th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.



#CountCarersIn

Yesterday we asked: Have you completed the census, and answered that you are a carer?

Graph showing how unpaid carers rated the support they receive from family and friends. The majority of respondents don't rate support highly on a scale of 1-5. With 5 being very well supported. 68% rated their support three or under.

It's fantastic to see that over 94% of us have ticked (or will be ticking today!) that we have caring responsibilities. The Census is our opportunity to be counted and to inform decisions about public services such as health, transport and education.


The Census provides an opportunity to really tell the unpaid carers' story across the UK. From our gender breakdown, whether we're in work, our ethnicity, our age range, which areas have a higher carer density, and for the first time ever, the proportion of carers from the LGBTQ+ community.


What an opportunity.


We know from chatting within our community that not everyone resonates or likes the term 'carer'. After all, we're still Mum, Dad, daughter, son, sister, brother, friend and so on.


It can feel uncomfortable to take on this label. It's also the reason, it can take a long while for some of us to realise we're in a caring role. The value in identifying as a carer is that we then become aware of the support we may need and how to access it. And support helps keep us sustainable.


Here's Kyro's story. Despite caring for his Mum for 20 years, he still struggles with the word carer, and talks through some of the reasons why.



Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

If you were forwarded this page and you look after someone, you might like to contribute to a better understanding of unpaid carers. Sign-up for free to take part in Mobilise Moments today.