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Are You a Carer?

'A carer is someone who spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or potentially friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or who has mental health or substance misuse problems'

It may be your partner cannot manage by themselves because of an illness, your son or daughter who has a learning disability or older parents who are now frail and need your help.

Being a carer can be very demanding and there may be many circumstances which can lead you to call on outside help. You may be exhausted and find certain caring tasks difficult, you may be in poor health, you might find it difficult finding time for other members of the family or friends, you may have had give up work or reduce your hours of work to care for someone in need.

There are, however, a wide range of organisations that can provide help for carers in a number of ways such as:

  • providing information and advice
  • running carers support groups
  • helping carers maintain their own health
  • having someone to listen
  • providing help at home
  • helping carers to take a break

To find out about these services and to get help with any questions, issues or problems, please go to Carers Support and Services or get in touch with us or another support group using the Carers Contact Details.

If you think you might benefit from any service provided by Social Services and you would like us to contact you by phone or email, please click the following link and complete the Social Services Contact Us/Self Referral Online Form and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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Modified: 2014-01-29
Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:50:52
Author: Allison Helyer
Editor: Allison.Helyer
RDCMS ID: 1740