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 (previously Carer's Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk)

Caring Together provides information, support and respite for family carers.

Website: www.caringtogether.org

Email: hello@caringtogether.org

Telephone: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090

Making Space

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: Pauline.Mansfield@makingspace.co.uk

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 2016 to 2020
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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