Information for Carers

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care, for a friend, partner or family member. The person they care for may be older, unwell, have a disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. They could support them for just a few hours a week or 24 hours a day, and will often not see themselves as a ‘carer’.

It is important that carer’s are involved in discussions around their loved one’s care. They will often know every aspect of the person’s life, and can be a spokesperson for someone unable to describe their own situation, whether they are well or unwell.

There is a lot of online support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.

On this page you’ll find some resources that are helpful if you’re a carer for someone who uses our services.

Useful Links:

Blackpool Carers Centre – Blackpool Carers Centre is an independent, local charity and network partner of Carers Trust. They provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

Carers’ Hub Lancashire and Carers Link Lancashire work together under the name of Carers Lancashire to provide support across the whole county of Lancashire. For more specific information about each service, including additional support for carers helping someone with mental health needs and young carers, visit their websites at:

www.ncompassnorthwest.co.uk/what-we-do/carers-support

www.carerslinklancashire.co.uk

Carers Lancashire provide support to unpaid carers aged 18 and over. The services offered are designed to not only help a carer continue in their caring role, but also to reduce the impact their caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing. This support includes:

  • Carers assessment including eligibility for a Carers Personal Budget
  • Planning for an emergency
  • Specialist 1:1 and group support, including workers skilled in mental health, dementia, working within the BME community and health services
  • Support to take a break including activities, courses and the Carers Caravans discounted holidays
  • Respite provision through the Sitting in Service and Befriending
  • Carers Help and Talk (CHAT) Line
  • Information and signposting to other support services
  • Support to access community, health and wellbeing services
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Carers awareness briefings to professionals and organisations

 

Contact Carers Lancashire on 0345 688 7113, or e-mail: cadmin@ncompassnorthwest.co.uk; info@carerslinklancashire.co.uk

Carers Link Lancashire – Carers Link Lancashire is an independent registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee whose aim is to support unpaid carers across the boroughs of East Lancashire

Carers Trust – Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers

Carers UK – As the UK’s only national membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a support network and a movement for change

Healthy Caring Guide –  NHS England, in partnership with Carers UK, Carers Trust Age UK, Public Health England, and older carers themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Caring. The Guide provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing. While it is aimed at carers of any age, it is particularly relevant for carers aged around 65 years and those new to caring.