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Carers provide care to family members, other relatives, partners, friends and neighbours of any age affected by physical or mental illness (often long-term), disability, frailty or substance misuse. 

Children and young people also provide care. Carers can be men or women, they can be in same sex relationships, from Black and Ethnic Minority Communities(BME), they can be parents supporting a child with additional support needs, carers may also have their own needs such as a disability. 

Every carer and every role will be different.

It is estimated that there are 38,023 carers within South Lanarkshire.  We have a partnership approach to supporting carers and the Carers Strategy sets out some of the actions to be taken forward in supporting carers.

If you are a carer and are looking for more information on how to apply for benefits and help with money please go to our Benefits and help with money webpages.