As part of Carers Week 2023, Essex County Council are celebrating unpaid carers and highlighting the support they offer.
There are a reported 124,000 unpaid carers in the county, but the real number could be greater.
Unpaid carers play a vital role in helping family and friends live independently. It also means those they care for can remain in their own homes and communities.
Some carers see it as their role to support relatives, friends and neighbours so they might not realise they are a carer or that there is help available.
Watch Simon, a carer in Harlow, talk about his experience of caring for his 101-year-old mother.
Meet young carers from the Action for Family Carers Stanway Youth Club.