Information for Carers
Are You a Carer?
A Carer is anyone, child or adult, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, mental health problem or addiction, and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- A guide to care and support: Information for carers and people who have care & support needs.
- Caring for someone: Advice on providing care, medicines etc.
- Care after hospital: Providing care for people who have been recently discharged from hospital.
- Taking a break: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Support and benefits for carers: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Work and Disability: Guidance, support and help with employment issues.
- Being a young carer: Advice for carers 18 or under and their entitlement to support
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers: Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the under-65s: Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
- Benefits for the over-65s: Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
- Carer's Assement: How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Other benefits: Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Contact Carers Direct
Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Helpline Information: Website
Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Local Carers Information
- Caring Together: Supporting carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. They offer flexible, professional home care services to adults and children with a range of disabilities and health conditions. At the surgery we can refer to them for support that you may need.
- Cambridgeshire County Council: Council website information page for Carers
- Centre 33: Centre 33 offers a Young Carers Project that works with young carers up until their 19th birthday
- Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Eating Disorders: Adult Eating Disorders Service provides information and a support programme for those providing help and support to someone with an eating disorder
- Healthy You Carer Health Trainer: The Carer Health Trainer service is currently available for adult carers who are looking after someone with long term illness or dementia and who live in, or are registered with a GP in the South, City and East Cambridgeshire areas.
- Pinpoint: Pinpoint is the Parent Carer Forum for Cambridgeshire. We support parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years with additional needs or disabilities
- Little Miracles: Little Miracles is a charity that supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions.
- Sibs: Sibs is the only UK charity for children and adults who are growing up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister.
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