When people need help with their day-to-day living they often turn to their family and friends. Being a Carer can be both challenging and rewarding, it can give a sense of satisfaction from helping someone else, but it can also be emotionally draining and place significant demands on your time and energy.
Nearly half of Carers work alongside caring and, one in ten do not inform their employer of their situation. If you’re struggling to cope and need some support call to find out more about our tailored programme to help relieve some of the stress caused by caring.
Services available to you
Caseworkers who provide practical and emotional support
Expert support through our confidential 24/7 Helpline
Access to telephone counselling to help deal with stress, anxiety, and depression
Consideration for a one-off Carer’s Gateway grant if you are working and caring for an ill or disabled parent, partner or child in your household, subject to eligibility criteria
Consideration for longer-term support through our quarterly grant programme, subject to eligibility criteria
Up to £300 annually for a respite break
Applicant caring for a family member of their household or being cared for will be identified by receipt of Carers Allowance or Carers Credit or benefit of the cared person such as SSP, ESA, PIP, DLA or an employer-supported application.
Minimum of two years' service in the industry and currently working
Financial assistance depends on individual circumstances
Other useful sources:
Carers UK : Advice on care and responsibilities
Age UK : Advice for older carers
Carers Trust : Advice and support for Carers of any age
Alzheimers Society : Understanding and supporting a person with Dementia
Carers Direct Helpline : Services available for people living in, or caring for someone
Working Families : Help for working parents, Carers and their employers who are looking for a better balance between work and their responsibilities at home
Carers Allowance : Guidence on the Carers Allowance from Gov.uk and how to claim