Carers Advice

Are you an unpaid carer?

What is an unpaid carer?

An unpaid carer is someone who cares, free of charge, for a family member or friend who has an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction that stops them from being able to cope without help. This can take 24 hours a day, or up to a few hours a week. 

How do I register as an unpaid carer?

To register as a carer with the surgery, you will need to fill in a carer identification form. You can do that online, by clicking here. You can fill in a paper copy at the surgery, or you can download a copy of the form here

What support is availablefor unpaid carers?

There is a lot of support available in the community for unpaid carers. To find out how the surgery can help you access this support, please ring 01159076960, and ask to speak to the Carers' Champion, Mirabelle. 

For more information about caring, please download and read our carers' booklet. You can do so by clicking here.

Support for unpaid carers

There is a lot of support for carers, both in the local community and online. If you would like to discuss the support available in the community, please ring 01159076960, and ask to speak to the Carers' Champion, Mirabelle. To access support online, please feel free to click on the links below. 

Support online

Support in the local community

Support with caring for someone with dementia

Financial support for caring

Help with claiming benefits for caring can be found online. Please click on the links below for more information. 

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the person you care for

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

  • Death and benefits

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits