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Carers and physical activity - Sport England and Carers UK

SE NL Portrait RGB 500pxIn a project funded by Sport England, Carers UK is looking at ways to support carers in England over the age of 55 to take part in more physical activity as a way to reduce loneliness and improve their wellbeing.

Carers often tell us that they worry about the impact of caring on their own mental and physical health and when asked in the 2019 State of Caring survey, 81% of carers said that they are not able to do as much physical exercise as they’d like to do. This follows on from previous research which found that 54% of carers have reduced the amount of exercise they do because of caring[1]. The majority of carers responding to these surveys were providing substantial care of over 50 hours a week.

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This research and insight project funded by Sport England gives us an opportunity to explore the barriers carers face in taking part in physical activity and to identify what resources or support models could support carers to overcoming these. This research is led by carers’ experiences and includes insight and case studies from professionals who work with carers.

We have released a policy briefing with early findings from the research which can be downloaded from the Carers UK Policy Library. We will be releasing a research report with fuller research findings, carers' stories and best practice case study examples in due course.

If you have any questions about this research project, please contact our Policy and Public Affairs team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 [1] Carers UK (2017) State of Caring

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