“Unpaid carers looking after loved ones living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public, new figures suggest.”
“Not having enough time, or money, to participate in leisure activities, as well as the stigma of being a carer, means one in three unpaid carers (35 per cent) are always or often lonely, compared with just one in twenty (five per cent) of the general population.“
Care to Co-operate is here to help carers – paid or unpaid – to come together and form a support network. It is important that carers have people around them who they can open up to and talk about their role – the same way as having colleagues in a factory or office.
The fact sheet above explains how Care to Co-operate can help reduce loneliness amongst carers – if you think this would be good for someone you know, please pass it on.
If you would like to know more, you can get in touch by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0300 111 5050, visit care.wales.coop or tweet us at @ThomasWalesCoop