Are you helping a family member or friend?
If you help a family member or friend, without payment, for reasons including a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health difficulty, addiction, or needing extra help as they grow older - you are recognised as a carer.
Being a carer isn't someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support.
You may not consider yourself as a 'carer' but understanding your caring responsibilities and the impact it has on your life is important so that you can get the right help and support. It could be round-the-clock care or a few hours a week, perhaps you live together or are miles apart.
From helping someone get dressed or get out of bed, to managing their medication and dealing with professionals - each caring role is unique. It could also be help with cooking, housework and money, or being a listening ear and keeping someone entertained.
- Do you want to speak to people who are in a similar situation to you?
- Would you like to learn more about what support is available to you and the person you look after?
There are lots of opportunities to do so - keep an eye on this page to see what's happening for carers.
Help getting online
If you need help using Zoom, you may find this page helpful, or why not try AbilityNet - a group of friendly volunteers who may be able to help you with getting online, setting up equipment and technical issues - call 0800 048 7642 or email email@example.com.
Find out information that could help you and the person you are helping
Join our monthly online information sessions for anyone who helps a relative (adult or child) or friend, without payment.
- Meet local people online who may be in a similar situation to you
- Hear from experts on a range of topics
- Get information to help you and the person you look after
- Find out what support is available
From community projects to health and social care services, there is lots to learn about what's happening in the borough.
Is something missing?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share any carers events and groups that are happening.