Information for Carers

Am I a carer?

You’re probably a carer if all of the following apply:

  • you do things like helping someone to wash, dress and eat; taking them to regular appointments, doing their shopping or keeping them company
  • you aren’t paid to look after the person you’re caring for
  • you spend a lot of time caring for the person - there’s no legal definition of this, but it could mean anything from a few hours a day, to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • you may or may not live with the person you’re caring for

If you're a young carer (under 24) you can get local and online support from the Carers Trust.

If you're a parent carer of a child under 18 with complex needs, NHS Choices has information about your rights and the support you can get.

Carers UK

We’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

If you're new to caring, we want to make sure you get the right support from the start.

We work with local authorities and other organisations to improve services for carers throughout the UK.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Website: www.carersuk.org

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

 

Telephone: 0300 772 9600

Website: https://carers.org/

Other useful websites include:

Age UK

Citizens Advice

Mind