Real people. Real life experiences.

Thousands have shared their personal experiences of social care on film to help you understand what it's really like.

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What we cover and why

We hope to cover as many aspects of social care as we can, all through real people's experiences. All the material on this site is based on research conducted by our academic partners. We rely on research funding to develop these resources.


In this section you can find out what it is like to be be lonely. You can see and listen to people talking about their own experiences of loneliness and understand how it has impacted their lives.

Women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse

We have produced this section on women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse as a resource for women who are in an abusive relationship or have been in the past. It will also be a resource for friends, family members and professionals who think someone may be in an abusive relationship and want to find out about how best to help.

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Why experiences are important

Social care and health affects every aspect of our lives. This website helps to prepare you for what’s ahead by listening to the experiences and advice of others who have been through it.

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times a year our resources are used

We help millions of people each year to feel better prepared and informed and less alone in what they are going through. If we have helped you, or if you value what we do, please chip in to support this website.

“I LOVED the fact the testimonies are in video form, so I could “see” the people are real and have gone through the same thing.“
– healthtalk user

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