New to Caring

Hi. I’m new to Caring and just learned about CarersUK. Caring for my husband who has developed severe walking problems. Still awaiting a diagnosis. We are both retired so I don’t have to struggle with the demands of work as well, but coping with a recent diagnosis of underactive thyroid for myself! Mostly try to stay upbeat, but finding it all quite tiring.

Hello Anne

I wanted to wish you a warm welcome to the forum and to highlight some of the options for connecting with fellow carers and for getting support from Carers UK should you need it.

Carers UK are running online weekly meet ups for carers to take some time for themselves and chat to other carers. Feel free to join if you’d like to and there’s no pressure to share anything you don’t want to. I’m sure you’ll find others in a similar position to yourself.

You can find information on how to register to our online meetups at the following pages:

Care for a Cuppa: … ne-meetups - the next online meet up is tomorrow (Tuesday 20 July), 11.30-12.30 with further sessions shown in that link. This social is a great way to have a little break if you are able to and spend some quality time talking to people who understand what you are going through right now.

Share and Learn: … e-sessions - these sessions range from creative writing activities to beginners Latin dance sessions.

There is also Carers UK’s helpline should you need advice or support - Our Telephone Helpline is available on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (

with best wishes

Hello Ingrid.
Thank you for your reply. I tried clicking on the links but got a 404 error code for both of them. Could you check this out?
Many thanks

They won’t work for me either.


I have reported the broken links to admin.


Welcome to the forum.
How long has your husband had these problems?
Can I ask how old you and your husband are?
Eligibility for some disabled benefits start and finish around the state retirement age.

Hi Anne,

These links should work:

Care for a Cuppa: Online meetups | Carers UK

Share and Learn: Share and Learn | Carers UK