Carers' Centres are independent charities that deliver a wide
range of local support services to meet the needs of carers in
their own communities. All Carers' Centres provide, either by
telephone, drop-in or outreach surgeries, the following core
• Information and advice - about all issues affecting carers, including benefits, breaks, respite and support services, carer assessment procedures, aids and adaptations
• Emotional support - by providing opportunities for carers to talk through their concerns, both individually and in group sessions, with staff, trained volunteers and other carers who understand their situation, thus helping to alleviate isolation and stress.
• Community consultation - carers need a unified voice in any locality to ensure that they have an impact on decision-making.
Carers' Centres develop other services in response to identified local needs. These might include:
• Advocacy - at tribunals, assessments, case reviews, assistance to access funds and services, or whenever a carer needs a friend or supporter
• Practical help - befriending, breaks, transport, benefits advice
• Training and education - in skills often needed by carers, such as moving and handling, first aid, and care giving; personal development; stress reduction through reflexology and aromatherapy; and training and education for professionals on carer-related issues
• Fun - time out, breaks, the opportunity to enjoy a social life, taking into account carers' special needs and sense of isolation.
Please use the navigation bar on the left for contact details of carer's support groups in the region.
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