Healthwatch Kirklees want to support the Carers Strategy Group in Kirklees to understand the experience of ethnic minority carers as it is felt their voice is under-represented.
We engaged with ethnic minority carers in the community and in local support groups, asking about their experience as unpaid carers, how this impacts their lives and whether anything could be done differently to better support them in their role. We also asked if faith, culture, gender or ethnicity impacted peoples experience as a carer.
Carers from different ethnic backgrounds are less likely to identify as carers than white British carers which may mean they access less support leading to negative impacts on their health, wellbeing and financial situation.
Cultural expectations and stigma can have a significant negative impact on carers, particularly in the South Asian community. Support for carers can improve only when these things are better understood.
Carers from different communities across Kirklees experience barriers faced by many other unpaid carers but they have additional barriers which negatively impact on their lives and caring role.
The people we spoke to identified many ways in which they would feel better supported and more able to cope with the demands which caring puts on their lives. They are looking for better ways to access support for their health and wellbeing so they don’t end up at breaking point and needing care themselves.