There are an estimated 788,000 people in Scotland who are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour. This includes 44,000 who are under the age of 18.

Carers week 2019

10-16 June is Carers week. Unpaid carers in Scotland come from all walks of life and age groups. But not all are aware of the vital role they play or of the help and support available to them. You may yourself be a carer.

Taking the first step towards help is often the most important one. Whether in their teens or their retirement years, those caring for loved ones can often push their own needs to the bottom of the list.

A single phone call or click of a computer mouse, can connect carers to help and support that could make a world of difference to their daily lives.

Information about care

If you have questions about care, Care information Scotland can help. This website can help answer questions about how to get care services, your rights as a carer and information about money among other things. They also run a web chat and helpline to help you find the information you need and answer your questions.

The helpline number is: 0800 011 3200 and runs Mon to Fri, 8am to 10pm Sat and Sun, 9am to 5pm.


If you care for someone in Scotland there is lots of help available, whether that is advice and information on finance, information on health conditions, or support for your mental well being. Watch our short video to find out more.

Mental wellbeing

Being a carer can bring its own pressures and strains. If you are struggling or need someone to talk to Breathing Space offer a free helpline where you can start to take the first step in getting help by talking to someone.

NHS inform also has lots of useful advice and information on looking after your mental wellbeing.

Self-help guides

If you need medical information for yourself or the person you care for, NHS inform has a series of self-help guides to help you treat common conditions and injuries.

We also have an A-Z of illnesses and conditions to help you find out more about your own condition or that of the person you are caring for.

Check out our self-help guides.
Self-help guides