Renfrewshire North and West MSP Natalie Don has highlighted the vital work of unpaid carers as part of Carers Week.

The SNP politician is hoping to raise more awareness about the challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognise the contribution they make to those who rely on them.

A recent report by Carers UK revealed that 73% of people who currently provide unpaid care, or have done in the past, have never identified as or called themselves a carer.

The report also highlighted that 8 million people across the UK with experience of providing care have seen their health and wellbeing suffer.

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By not identifying as carers, there is a concern that too many people could be missing out on important information, support or advice that could make a real difference to their day-to-day lives.

Ms Don said: "The Carers UK report highlights why it's so important to have events like Carers Week, to raise awareness of unpaid care and the impact it can have on individuals.

"This lack of support can leave unpaid carers isolated; unable to take breaks from caring, struggling to look after their physical and mental health, stay in work or education, or manage financially.

"People providing unpaid care often fail to see themselves as a carer and regard themselves simply as a family member or friend and don't recognise the support that is available for them.

"We need to do more to ensure that everyone who has unpaid care responsibilities is aware of the support and information that is available to them."