• Claire Cook

#52 | Results from 21st March

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

Who's our go to?

Yesterday we asked: Who do we typically contact first, when we need urgent support?

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.

For over 40% of us, family members are our first port of call for urgent support. It's not surprising, as getting 'official' support may take time. And time isn't usually a luxury in an urgent situation.

If we add on friends, that takes the informal support of family and friends to 63% for urgent situations.

While urgent support from professional services or organisations (GP, Social Worker or Carer Support Organisations) is significantly lower at 18%.

Over 10% of us were unable to answer this question, which may be due to a number of reasons. From not having experienced an urgent situation as yet, but also acknowledging that some of us do not have a support network in place. It may be in part, linked to how long we have been on our caring journey.

For those of us feeling isolated or vulnerable right now, building up a support network can provide not only reassurance and piece of mind. But also, real and valuable emotional or practical support at a critical moment. Here's our guide "5 Steps to creating your support network" to get us started.

And remember, our free carer support team are available seven days per week.

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.