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Carers in Somerset

The Council thinks of you as a carer if you give up your time without pay, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who is ill, frail or has a disability. Many people don't realise they are a carer.

A parent carer is somebody that looks after a child of their own who has a disability, chronic illness or behavioural difficulties.

A young carer is somebody who is under 18 years old who looks after a family member, friend or neighbour.

Carers can also care for an older person, someone with physical disabilities, sensory loss, learning disabilities, long-term illness, substance misuse or mental health problems.

There is information on the Somerset County Council, and other websites about being a carer, and the advice, help and support available.