Are you a carer? A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a family member or friend because they are ill, have a disability, health or addiction problems and cannot cope with the carer’s support.
Time out or short break (Respite). We know that caring for someone can be hard work. Taking time out or arranging a short break can be expensive and can need a lot of planning. All carers are entitled to a carers assessment and this can identify your need to have a break.
Work, rest and play – We know you are a committed carer but you also have a right to a life of your own. You need time to pursue training, learning or work opportunities and time to attend events and activities.
Carers assessment. If you are a carer, you have a right to have a formal assessment from Adult Social Care to look at your own need for support. This called a Carer’s Assessment. It will help you to organise support for you and find out what funding is available.
Carers benefits. You may be entitled to different benefits depending on your needs as a carer. You can find out about the different benefits, who to contact and how to apply.
Planning for a crisis and end of life care. We know that people who look after a family member or friend take their responsibilities very seriously. Carers often tell us that they are worried about what will happen to the person they care for in an emergency.
Young carer. Young carers cope with many responsibilities and you might find that you struggle to fit your school work or exam revision in around your caring duties like cooking and housework. It can also be difficult to find time for your friends.
Support, information and advice. Useful contacts to provide you with the help and support you may need in your caring role.
Education opportunities. The government is keen to help carer who want to follow an interest learn new or update existing skills and knowledge. This doesn’t have to be about getting a qualification or certificate, is can provide satisfaction learning something new and proving to yourself you can do it!