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Support for carers

Many people around the world are caring for someone close to them every day and it’s often unpaid. It’s not an easy task but you don’t need to struggle without support.

Caring for yourself is just as important

It’s important that people receive the best possible care. But it’s equally important to make sure that the carer isn’t forgotten about. There are millions of unpaid carers around the world. If you’re one of them and you’re part of the engineering community – we’re here to help. We're here to offer support for carers when they need us most. 

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Practical help

There might be equipment or practical adjustments to the home of the person you’re caring for that would make daily life easier and more comfortable. Support could include extra help at home with tasks – this kind of assistance could make a real difference to you and the person you’re caring for. There are also helpful factsheets available from Carer's UK to help you get to grips with your rights as a carer. 

Wellbeing support

Time away from your responsibilities is critical to your wellbeing. We know that you’re probably dealing with physical, psychological and emotional challenges as you care for someone else. But you can’t pour from an empty cup, and there are times then the carer needs to be cared for. We can fund breaks and activities for carers and help cover the cost of someone else taking on the carer responsibility while you’re away. We also have counselling grants because we know there are times when you need someone to talk to.

Support and advice

At Foothold, we have a history of working with carers and have a range of support available – from advice and information to financial assistance. We can help you get to grips with what kind of support you’re entitled to.  And if you’re needing legal advice on how to manage another person’s affairs or securing power of attorney – we have some very useful factsheets. We’ll listen to your individual circumstances and point you in the right direction – whatever you’re going through, and whenever you’d like to talk, we’re just a phone call away. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our support for carers. 

Legal advice

Making a Will

Making a Will means that somebody’s wishes can be carried out. This factsheet will help you understand the ins and outs of making a Will.

Power of attorney

If you’re worried about a friend or relative managing their financial affairs, health or welfare, this factsheet can help steer you in the right direction.


If you or the person you’re caring for has worked in the engineering industry an engineer and you have less than £50,000 in savings, speak to us about any practical help or wellbeing support that could help make your life easier. If you or your partner has ever been an IET member, you also get access to our legal helpline.

We understand that being a carer can be challenging but we want to help, and we can. So, if you think there is something we can do for you, get in touch. Together we’ll find the best way forward.

Advice to help you right now

Health advice for carers

As carer’s we often put our own health on the backburner. But being healthy means feeling better and having more energy. We’ve put together some tips to help you make small changes that will make a big difference.

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Sleep better, feel better

Getting a good night’s sleep makes the world of difference. But sometimes we’re kept up late worrying about all of the things we have to do. Check out our guide from wellbeing expert Pete Scott on how to get the rest you need.

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Self-care for carers

While caring for others, we often forget to take care of ourselves. This guide will help you work out what self-care means to you, what are the barriers to self-care and how you can overcome them.

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