Every year around 70,000 people in Northern Ireland become carers – looking after a loved one who is frail, ill or disabled.
Because they are unpaid, Northern Ireland’s 214,000 carers save the economy at least £4.4 billion each year.
At the same time they are missing out on state support of more than £4 million in unclaimed benefits.
It’s not all about benefits though.
Carers can end up exhausted and isolated if they don’t get the practical help they need. Often people who look after others don’t even think of themselves as ‘carers’.
Caring may happen gradually, or they see it as part of normal family life and could be missing out on support that could help.
No-one should have to care alone
This is where Carers NI can help.
Call us any weekday on 028 9043 9843 and ask for our free ‘Looking after someone’ booklet - an essential guide to carers’ rights and benefits.
Our confidential and independent Advice Service is there to help carers throughout Northern Ireland find the support they need, when they need it.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.carersni.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Lesley Johnston, Adviser, Carers NI Adviceline
John McCormick, Campaigns and Communication Officer, Carers Northern Ireland