Our work stems from the fact carers often go about their roles despite the toll it might take on their own wellbeing, often having to make sacrifices that hamper their own ability to lead a normal life. Whether financial, educational or otherwise, we seek to limit the challenges that carers face. We achieve this through four core workstreams: raising awareness of carers, influencing local policy through community engagement activities, improving carer wellbeing and connecting carers to each other and to support and training opportunities through our services.
If you would like to find out more about our work and our plans for the future, read our long-term strategy here
Key Facts About Carers
How many carers are there?
According to the Carers Week 2020 Research Report there are an estimated 13.6 million unpaid carers in the UK today. That’s 1 in 4 people. Most of these carers were already caring before March 2020, but a staggering 4.5 million people have started providing unpaid care since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Young people are taking on caring roles too and the Children’s Society estimates that there 800,000 young carers in the UK.
The contribution of carers
Our health and social care system relies on carers, and saves the UK economy £193 billion a year according to Carers UK. Despite the huge contribution of carers, many carers feel unvalued.
The 2011 census found that there are over 20,000 unpaid carers living in Lambeth, with 4,270 of these carers supporting people between 20 and 49 hours and a further 3,172 supporting people for 50 hours or more.
The impact of caring
Caring can impact on all aspects of carers’ lives. These statistics from Carers UK State of Caring report 2021 give a snapshot of the wide variety of issues facing carers:
How we are addressing these needs
At Carers' Hub Lambeth we focus on four key objectives to help us make life better for carers in Lambeth. All of our projects and services are designed to address at least one of these areas. Read below to find out more or get in touch with one of the team.
Caring for a loved one, family member, friend or neighbour, can have a significant impact on all aspects of a carer's life. Through peer support groups and one-to-one appointments, our dedicated and passionate team work with carers aged 5 and up to help overcome a range of challenges, including: managing at home; finances; caring with confidence; education and employment; physical health; and emotional wellbeing.
There’s a lot of support on offer in Lambeth, but these things can be difficult to find. We’re here to fill those gaps. We provide information on training courses, local services and help carers build connections with each other and their community. We also help professionals working with carers to connect with one another, through our Carers Collaborative Network.
We believe that caring is everybody’s business. We work hard to raise awareness through outreach in the local community, social media and through our partnerships. Our Carers Strategy Development Manager enables carers and our partners working in Lambeth to have a meaningful input to the development of a carers strategy in the borough.
We believe that the development of local policy, practice and services that affect carers should take carers’ experiences into account. For this reason, we raise awareness of carers, influencing local policy through community engagement activities. Our Carers' Strategy Development Manager plays a key role in the development and delivery of the Lambeth Carers' Strategy.