Carer stories

Every carer's situation is unique but there are lots of common themes, things that many experience because of their caring role. Some of the carers we've supported have kindly shared their story with us...

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Charlotte's story

Charlotte lives in Guildford and looks after her mum and brother. As she moved into adulthood she knew she needed her own space to improve family relationships and keep her caring role on track.

Oscar

Read Oscar's story

Oscar, now in his 20s, has cared for his mum for as long as he can remember. Creativity through gaming is a huge part of his life. Surrey Young Carers (part of Action for Carers) have supported him to help him achieve his goals.

Sriya

Read Sriya's story

Sriya looks after her elderly grandparents. She found it hard to manage all the extra responsibilities, but is doing well, and says that being a carer is very much part of who she is.

Reem

Read Reem's story

Reem cares for her son, who has autism and now lives in supported living. She finds creativity and positivity helpful as a carer.

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Read Rhianna's story

Rhianna has looked after her mum from a very young age. Although she found some aspects of school tough, she believes being a carer can be a positive thing.

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Read Theo's story

Theo is 10 and helps look after his sister who has bipolar disorder.

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Read Elle's story

Elle is 13 and helps look after her younger brother who has autism.

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Read Kate's story

Kate is a parent carer to her son William who has frontal lobe epilepsy and experiences up to 30 seizures over every 24 hour period.

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Read Josh's story

Josh is 20 and lives in Guildford with his mum and younger brother. He looks after his mum who has had several bouts of cancer including cancer of the bones.

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Read Bethany's story

Bethany looks after her mum. Although she has found it hard to relax, she believes meeting up with other carers has helped her face the challenges caring can sometimes throw at you.

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Read Austin's story

Austin is 10 and helps look after his mum who has arthritis and his sister who has a disability.