Community

Key facts

Insight from relevant policy and research to consider as background to Carer Passports schemes

  • 3 out of 4 carers don’t feel their caring role is understood and valued by their community. (Building Carer Friendly Communities: Research for Carers Week 2016, Carers Week, 2016)
  • 91% said they missed out on practical or financial support (or both) as a result of not being identified as a carer. (Missing Out: The identification of carers, Carers UK, 2016)
  • 29% of carers said they were always able to maintain relationships with close friends and families, compared to just 9% of carers whose communities didn’t value and understand them. (Building Carer Friendly Communities: Research for Carers Week 2016, Carers Week, 2016)
  • Over half (53%) of carers stated that they were always able to get to essential shops or services, compared to a third (32%) of carers whose communities didn’t value and understand them. (Building Carer Friendly Communities: Research for Carers Week 2016, Carers Week, 2016)
  • 35% of carers without good social support experienced ill-health, compared to 15% of those with good support. (Mental Health of Carers, Singleton, ONS, 2002)