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Befriending

If you are feeling lonely and down, reaching out can be hard.   Befriending services can help you meet new people and gain friends, at a time when you are in need of support.  

Benefits for carers who are unable to work

If you're not in paid employment, you may be able to get earnings-replacement benefits. Usually, you can't get more than one of these benefits at the same time. This means that even if you're entitled to more than one earnings-replacement…

Call the Carers Direct helpline

You can call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053 if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you. If you are busy at certain times of…

Care and support at home

There are lots of ways to stay living at home. Some of these you can organise yourself. Some you may need help with. For most people living at home keeps you happier and healthier. You have more choice and independence.…

Care and support plans

If you are assessed by social services and are found to be eligible for support, the next stage is to draw up a care and support plan, or in the case of a carer with eligible needs, a support plan.…

Care Homes

If you're looking for a residential care home, there's a huge variety of options. They include: care homes for older people care homes for younger adults with disabilities care homes for children Care homes may be privately owned or run…

Carer's Credit, National Insurance and pensions

Being a carer can make a significant difference to your state or personal pension, especially if you have to give up work to care. Your National Insurance (NI) number is the number used to keep track of your NI contributions and…

Carers' assessments: what happens next

After a carers' assessment, your council will contact you about its decision. If you have "eligible" needs, your council will talk to you about what help might be available. This will be based on the information you gave them during your assessment.…

Carers' breaks and respite care

Your carer's assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you. See Accessible day trips and activities for help planning their trip. Replacement…

Caring for older relatives

Looking after an older disabled relative can have practical, financial and emotional challenges. But help and support is available. The Carers Trust answers some of your common questions on where to find practical and emotional support. I've just started to care for…