Carers provide unpaid support to an adult family member or friend who could not manage to live independently, or whose health would deteriorate, without this help. This may be due to frailty, disability, a health condition or substance misuse.
If the person you care for is aged 18 or over you may be able to get more help to carry on caring and look after your own wellbeing.
There are a number of organisations that offer help, support, information and advice about what is available to you as a carer in your local area.
Carers Trust in Cambridgeshire
Information, advice and support for carers in Cambridgeshire is provided by Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, on behalf of the Council.
Telephone: 0345 241 0954
Email: [email protected]
Making Space offers carers assessments on behalf of the Council to carers of adults (18-65) when the cared for person is not supported by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and has mental ill health. This covers a large number of carers.
Telephone: 01480 211 006
Mobile: 07738 148 277
Email: [email protected]
Published quarterly, giving news, updates, events and drop-in sessions for carers across Cambridgeshire.
Information for carers about the support available, this can range from information and advice, a listening ear, through to emergency respite and certain assistive equipment.
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Carers Advocacy Service
Total Voice offers advocacy support to adults and carers, as well as children and young people, looked after or in need. The service supports people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, mental ill health, sensory impairment, social or health care needs and NHS health complaints.
Total Voice is commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council and is a partnership led by Voiceability in association with Cambridgeshire Deaf Association and the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS).
Children and young people who are carers have the same rights as all children and young people and should be able to learn, achieve, develop friendships and enjoy positive, healthy childhoods.
Family Carer’s Prescription
This is a free service for family carers of any age. A Family Carer's Prescription will give you access to a specialist worker at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire who help you design a short break that works for you and provide support for this break to happen.
You can find out more from your GP or Carers Trust Cambridgeshire.