A carer is someone who looks after a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. All the care they give is unpaid.
These short films aim to address those barriers by providing important information in community languages. They are in Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Urdu, and Gujarati.
The films show individual carers talking about their day-to-day lives. They explain that a real barrier to getting help is that many people do not think of themselves as carers, so they do not know that they can get any help or support for themselves.
Feng cares for her daughter and was interviewed for the Chinese films. She says:
“Chinese people don’t know the term ‘carer’ because we naturally look after our family when they get ill. It was my GP who said I’m a carer.”
The films have been produced in partnership with local community organisations Dhek Bhal and Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group, who will be using them as a discussion tool in their work and taking them out to religious institutions.
You can find the videos below.