What Makes a Hard Working Family?

Helena Herklots | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK
Helena Herklots

Throughout the election campaign we have heard a lot about 'hard working people' and 'hard working families'. But who are the hard working people of whom politicians speak?

What I Learnt Caring for My Partner With Cancer

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Juliet Bouverie

Ten years later, what are my reflections on my experience as a carer? First, I never saw myself as a carer. The word 'carer' implies forced responsibilities. I was simply and overwhelmingly John's girlfriend who only wanted the best for him. We had wonderful times together - cancer isn't all bad - and his illness only made us appreciate each other even more.

The Mentality of Mental Health

Iona Shanks | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

Mental health affects millions of people all over the world and whether you're caring for somebody who suffers from a mental health condition or you feel you may be suffering from a mental health issue yourself, one thing that is important is finding information that will help you to understand these conditions in more detail because knowledge is power.

Selfless Carers Are the Unsung Heroes of Our Health and Care System

Paul Burstow | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Most of us say we would do anything for our loved ones. And we mean it - we all know instinctively how precious our relationships are and how much they contribute to a life well lived. But when family and friends start to need more and more help to maintain their quality of life, the reality of doing anything, and providing support day in, day out, can take a very heavy toll.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

Why Young Carers Desperately Need More Support

PA | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Young carers need to be given more support in school and college to help them fulfil their potential, according to a teachers' union. Around half (...

Do Family Carers Really Save the Government Money?

Simon Stevens | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

While a family member may feel they are looking after someone 24 hours a day, the reality is many activities of so-called care are a normal part of family life, like preparing meals, laundry and going shopping.

College Rejects Scottish Student... Because She's 'Not From The UK'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Scottish student has been left in shock after being rejected from an English college - because they said Scotland wasn't part of the UK. The 26-y...

Dementia and Shirley Bassey

Dawn Vance | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

My mum doesn't know who I am. Sadly, I don't mean that in a spiritual, angsty kind of way - she literally has no idea who I am. Sometimes I'm one of her sisters. Sometimes I'm a nurse. Sometimes I'm her dead mother. Once I was Shirley Bassey, which made for an interesting evening.

Caring for Carers

Meg Munn | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

For the 10,466 carers in my constituency getting the right support is crucial. Caring for an older or disabled relative or friend can take a serious toll on carers' mental and physical health, their relationships and family finances. Without support this can lead to carers being overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, and at worst this can bring about exhaustion, suffering a physical injury and needing care for themselves.

The Impending Crisis, Swept Under the Carpet

Paul M. Davies | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Paul M. Davies

At 19 years old I was hideously unprepared for the caring role thrust upon me. Yet, when my girlfriend's health deteriorated overnight, I willingly stepped up to meet the challenge. We're now married and I give my wife full-time, around the clock, care. Along with millions of other carers in the UK, the avoidable cost of caring has changed my life beyond recognition.

Identifying Carers Must be the NHS's Responsibility

Moira Fraser | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Moira Fraser

Six years on from the introduction of the carers strategy in England , we are making some progress. At two out of the three major UK party conferences this year, carers were mentioned from the platform as a key health manifesto priority.

The 'Cost' of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

I am always immensely uncomfortable when anyone tries to put a monetary value on dementia, purely because I know that there is so much more to calculating the 'cost' of dementia than could ever be accurately represented by the use of pound signs. The emotional, all-encompassing, life-changing (and life-shortening) effects of dementia reach far and wide into every family affected.

Time to Meet the Challenges of Our Ageing Society

Paul Burstow | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We are living through one of the biggest changes in human history, not just in Britain, globally too: we are living longer.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Clare Pelham | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Pelham

Amazingly, providing good housing with care will likely mean that we free hospital beds where so many people stay because there is nowhere safe or suitable for them to be discharged. And so save our wonderful NHS much-needed money.

Six Ways to Thrive as a Carer at University

Paul M. Davies | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Studying for a degree as a carer was the biggest challenge of my life. I was pushed to my limits as I fought to juggle the two... If you're willing to fight for it, there's no reason why being a carer should exclude you from going to university.

Easing The Burden on Carers

Paul Burstow | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

As Norman Lamb and I announced at the weekend, the Lib Dems will put carers front and centre of our manifesto with a package of support designed to ease the strain.

The C-word: What to Do, When You Don't Know What to Do

Julia Krepska | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Krepska

When we find out that a friend or relative has cancer, it often brings out the best, or the worst, in us. It can turn us into super-attentive, meal-making, help-giving super mates, or send us shuffling, scared, in the opposite direction.

Ten Things I Know About Being a Care Worker

Emma Clifford | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Emma Clifford

Care Workers are vital. We are the eyes and ears on the ground. We know how much Mrs Smith normally eats and sleeps, if she's been this confused before, if she's in more pain than usual. We know what doctors need to know in order to make a diagnosis. We can mean the difference between prevention and cure.

They're All Carers - I'm Just an Idiot

Ben Moore | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Ben Moore

As I write we are coming towards the end of carers' week 2014. Hopefully you will have been caught up in the influx of data being spread your way about how much carers save the economy each year (about £119bn - you're welcome) and heard some stories from carers about what they do and how they manage.

'Home Is Where the Hurt Is' for Care Leavers at Risk of Homelessness

Javed Khan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

The world can feel like a scary place for any young person striding out on their own for the first time. Thrust into a world of greatly increased responsibility, the transition to adulthood is a challenging time. For most young people there is a support network to help them through this period. They fall back on the support of their family and friends; they learn and adapt. However, for young people leaving the care system this support is sadly often limited or non-existent. All too frequently they are left to fend for themselves without the necessary skills or even a suitable place to live.

#DisabledAcheivers: The Importance of Help and Support

Martyn Sibley | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Martyn Sibley

Did the family of the three children receive sufficient support from social services and the local authorities? What more can be done to help to provide help and support for those caring for disabled? But more importantly, what lessons can be learnt to prevent this happening to anyone else?

Who Is Going to Take Care of You in Old Age?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Who will care for you in your old age? Big question. Particularly for people who don't have children, so I've been reminded lately.

Caring for Elderly Relatives

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Susan Eskinazi

Caring for elderly relatives is not easy, but don't forget that it's a generous and fulfilling thing to do. Your loved one may not be able to express it but they'll undoubtedly be grateful to have someone who is willing to care for them in their vulnerable years.

Help, Don't Judge - An Alternative Budget

Jenny A Allen | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny A Allen

What might be better than a marriage tax allowance? For a start, what about increased access to relationship counselling? Something which might actually help save a struggling relationship. Unlike the proposed marriage tax break which even David Cameron acknowledges won't stop anyone from getting a divorce.