A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. If you are providing, without payment, support to a relative, child, neighbour, or friend due to disability, illness or substance misuse, who could not manage without you, we are here to support you in your caring role. We provide a friendly, professional service regardless of age, race, gender, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, faith, sexual orientation or caring role.
Carers may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home. The term carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone. Anyone can be a Carer. Carers come from all walks of life and from all cultures and can be any age. For example, you could be caring for a parent who has dementia, your partner who has depression or your child who has a learning disability.
Caring for someone is often rewarding, but Carers can also be at risk of experiencing poverty, isolation and stress. We understand the physical and emotional challenges of caring on perhaps a daily basis and sometimes for many years whilst juggling other responsibilities. The services we provide aim to enable you to continue caring whilst reducing these potential negative consequences for yourself. We work with other organisations to ensure that you are recognised and respected as an expert care partner and that your views are heard.
Our staff and volunteers are trained and experienced to provide support, advice and information using a whole-family approach, so that you are able to have the best chance of living a healthy and fulfilling life.