Research by Carers UK has revealed that 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role, and this rises to nearly 86% of carers providing 50 hours or more a week.

The longer people have been caring for, the more likely they are to feel lonely or socially isolated, and 84% of those caring for 10 years have felt lonely or socially isolated.

The highest levels of loneliness are found amongst those caring for a disabled child, with 9 out of 10 of them feeling socially isolated or lonely due to their caring role. You can find out more about the causes of loneliness in carers, and what carers say would make them feel less lonely by reading the full report.