How to get support if you're a carer

We recognise and value the vital role carers play, and we want to help you feel supported so you can continue caring for as long as you feel able. There are many ways that you can find support across our borough, and we have put together some top tips in the following video to help you.

Having a discussion about your needs as a carer

You may find it easier to continue in your caring role if you can find the support that is right for you as early as possible. You might be wondering what support is available and where to start. All adult carers of adults over the age of 18, have the opportunity to discuss your caring role as well as the support and services that could help you.

We are not here to assess your ability to be a carer but to discuss how caring impacts you and to consider aspects such as:

  • What you can do to remain fit and well
  • If you need support or advice with socialising and connecting with others
  • If you work or volunteer or wish to in the future
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Your physical and emotional needs
  • Whether you are able and willing to continue with your caring role and how you could be supported.

What happens next?

A range of information, advice and support will be offered, including:

  • Signposting to services and organisations that could support you
  • Information on activities that may help you
  • Advice on welfare and benefits
  • Advice on training and education opportunities
  • If appropriate, you may be offered a personal budget to support you as a carer. This is an allocation of monies to support you in your role and can be used in a variety of ways

How to make a request

If you'd like a discussion about what services and support is available, you can:

Financial support and advice

If you care for someone, you or the person you care for may be entitled to welfare and benefit support. For information and advice on financial support, check out the following services:

Health and wellbeing support

Caring can be very rewarding, but it also makes demands on your time, your health and your emotions, and can be tiring. So, taking an occasional break from caring is important - it gives you the chance to recharge your batteries and look after your physical and mental health.

Want to know more?

To find out more about the key services and organisations that support carers, you can visit:

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