The legal definition of an ‘unpaid carer’ is a person of any age who provides care for an adult or disabled child, but does not receive payment except for carer related allowances. Another term that is often used to describe these circumstances is ‘informal care.’

There is no ‘typical carer’. In reality, carers can include young people; young adults, parents, working age adults or older people. Essentially, a person is a carer if they look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.

Being an unpaid carer can be challenging. That’s why it’s important they feel listened to and understood, and have access to up-to-date information, advice and services such as support groups.

We have worked with unpaid carers to identify the actions needed to improve services and support in Cwm Taf Morgannwg.

Learn about our regional priorities for unpaid carers here.

Unpaid carers have developed creative pieces to bring to life their experiences.

Read how unpaid carers have shared their voice here.

Meet our carer's representative, Kay

My name is Kay Tyler and I have been carer representative on the RPB for over two years.

My personal experiences have helped me to understand and appreciate how important it is for unpaid carers to be involved in the work of our RPB.

Listen to Kay's podcast

Supporting carers of all ages in CTM.

Support for carers - information and advice

Here you can find information and experiences that we hope will help carers.

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Creating a supportive environment for young carers in Merthyr Tydfil

Being a young carer comes with many challenges. Barnardo’s ‘Hyder Project’ has supported these young people in many ways.

Read more

Are you an unpaid carer, or do you support unpaid carers?
Sign up to be involved in our work here.

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