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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know – we may be able to help you.

A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, parent, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This may be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental illness or substance abuse.

Many carers do not see themselves as carers because they see themselves as a parent, a spouse or partner, a son or daughter, a relative, friend or neighbour. But 1 in 10 of the population is a carer. And as a result many carers often miss out on services, support, advice and benefits which may be available and may help.

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone: 0808 802 0202


Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Non-urgent advice: Information & Support

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

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