A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends that could not manage without this help.
This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
For more information about being a carer, including details of organisations in Blackburn with Darwen that can help you: