A family carer is usually, but not always, a parent who looks after their son or daughter with a learning disability at home. Family carers are not paid staff.
Many people with learning disabilities live with their families and get most of the support they need from them. We must remember that people with a learning disability can also be carers, looking after a friend or relative who needs support to be independent.
Short breaks from caring give families a chance to re-charge. Surrey County Council has information and useful links about short breaks for carers.
Mencap is a UK charity for people with a learning disability which provides support for their families and carers, too.
Carers UK helps people to look after friends or family members. It supports those new to caring, or people that need extra support to cope with the pressures of caring.
Action for Carers Surrey raises awareness of carers’ needs and works with health and social care teams to support carers.