Sport England are working with the national charity Carers UK to explore why unpaid carers are more likely to be lonely. Many of the barriers which impact loneliness also reduce opportunities to exercise and they are aiming to understand what support is needed for carers to get more active.

There are huge proven health benefits to regular activity but so many carers are missing out.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK

On a local level, Northamptonshire Carers are working with Northamptonshire Sport to understand how we can help more carers to get an opportunity to experience the benefits of exercise. There are 70,000 carers in Northamptonshire, each with their own challenges and we know that one size does not suit all. We provide a very popular free gym access service but want to do more.

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