Looking after someone

Am I a carer?

It is really important to look after yourself in order to be able to support another person. Lots of people in the UK are carers, you are not alone. 

A carer is someone who provides support to an adult family member or friend who could not live independently, or whose health would deteriorate, without this help.

You might not recognise yourself as a carer; instead you are mother, father, brother, sister, daughter, son, husband, wife, partner, friend and so on. You might help them to wash, dress, eat, to get to medical appointments, or keep them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

Caring Together

Caring Together provides information, support and respite for anyone aged 18 or over who is caring for someone. Carers can also access carer learning sessions and help to plan ahead for emergency situations.

Website: www.caringtogether.org

Email: hello@caringtogether.org

Telephone: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090

Making Space

Making Space supports people who care for someone with a mental health condition. Whether the carer simply needs someone to talk about their own concerns, help with the complex needs of the person being cared for, or someone to speak to on the carer’s behalf, Making Space can help.

Email: enquiries@makingspace.co.uk
Website: www.makingspace.co.uk
Telephone: 01480 211 006

Young carers

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.

All Age Carers Strategy 2018 to 2022
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The Herbert Protocol 

This is a national initiative which encourages carers to keep a record of key information which could be useful if a vulnerable person goes missing.

Carers are asked to complete a form with information such as medication and photographs, and keep it safe in case it is needed.

Find out more and download the form at the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website .

Further sources of information