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Support and advice 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 so support for carers is essential.

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. 

Practical help for carers

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 news and factsheets available from Carers UK to help you get to grips with your rights as a carer. 

Wellbeing support for carers

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 when 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.

Advice and information

At Foothold, we have a history of working with carers and have a range of support for carers available – from advice and information to financial assistance. And if you need legal advice on how to manage another person’s affairs or securing power of attorney, we have some very useful factsheets. 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 is an IET member, or has worked in the engineering industry, have a look at our eligibility page to see how we might be able to help make your life easier.

If you or your partner has ever been an IET member, you also get access to our legal helpline.


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