What would help carers feel less isolated?
When carers were asked about what would help them feel less isolated as a carer they gave a wide range of responses including having:
- a break from caring
- spending more quality time with their family and friends
- the opportunity to go out alone; to make friends; someone to talk to who understands their situation and difficulties; and meeting other carers
- someone to look after the cared for person or somewhere for the cared for person to go
- the ability to go to college, university, work or remain in employment
- the ability to pay for more care
- money to spend on hobbies, interests and doing things with friends
What happens next?
Sunderland Carers' Centre will ensure that the findings of our research are shared with partner agencies in order to consider ways of reducing the social isolation experienced by carers.
We will continue to raise awareness about the impact that social isolation can have on carers in Sunderland.
Thank you to the carers who took time to take part in the survey.