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A carer is anyone, of any age, who provides unpaid care and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who needs care and support.

There are estimated to be more than 370,000 carers in Wales, and we are committed to improving the lives of carers of all ages.  

Carers Strategy for Wales

The latest version of the Carers Strategy for Wales was published in June 2013.  

Since it was last updated in 2007, much has been achieved  The updated strategy builds on this success providing the means for Welsh agencies to  work together to deliver services and support to carers.  

A detailed delivery plan will be published by the end of the year.  

Carers information and consultation strategies

In 2012, all the Local Health Boards in Wales published a carers information and consultation strategy. Wales Ambulance Trust and Velindre NHS (cancer services) Trust also published carers strategies.  

These strategies were written in partnership with local authorities and in consultation with local carers. This was to meet  a requirement under the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010.    

Young carers toolkit

A Young carers toolkit website (external link) has been developed for professionals who have contact with young carers and young adult carers.

Supporting young carers and young adult carers is a priority within the Carers Strategy for Wales. Young carers are children and young people up to age 18 who support a family member who is disabled, ill, or affected by substance misuse.  

Young adult carers are aged 18 to 25.