Overview A 'carer' is an unpaid person who regularly looks after, helps, or supports someone who wouldn't be able to manage everyday life without them. Often this is a relative, neighbour or friend. This is different to a paid care worker. We recognise how important carers are and want to make sure they get the support they need. You can contact the Essex Wellbeing Service for advice and information about being a carer. They can help signpost you towards relevant support services. This may include a referral for a carers assessment. Carers often find it difficult to take a break or to look after their own health. It can be overwhelming and sometimes difficult to know if you are doing the right thing, especially if you are new to the role. We can help with: emotional support financial support training and advice If you are under 18 You are considered a young carer if you regularly look after someone and are under the age of 18. The person you look after could be a parent, sibling or other relative. We offer specific support for young carers, including a young carers assessment. If you are a parent caring for a disabled child If you are a parent or guardian who looks after a child with disabilities, a long-term health condition, or learning difficulties, there are ways to get support for you and your family.