A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides care and support to a partner, disabled child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. You may help with their personal care, provide emotional or practical support or just ensure they are safe and coping. You many often feel isolated, overwhelmed and undervalued and as a carer YOU ARE IMPORTANT.
What is Carer Support?
One to one support, advice and information to anyone caring for someone in County Durham. Our service is confidential, non-judgemental and impartial. Our Carer Support Co-ordinators can offer you a home visit, to meet up at one of our local resource bases or somewhere else. We can offer telephone or email contact if that suits you better. The first visit is an opportunity for you to get to know about the services out there for you and the person you care for and for us to find out about your caring role. This will help us to understand and support you now and in the future. Our aim is to ensure you have all the information and advice you need to make the choices you need to.
Our ongoing support can include;
• Someone to listen and share how things are going
• Information and support to access local services including the NHS and County Council
• Help with gaining Carer related benefits
• Support to fill in forms, gain grants and other funding
• Support at meetings to ensure your views are heard
• Advice and support to improve your health and wellbeing
• Courses and training
• Opportunities to meet other Carers for peer support
• Opportunities to influence this organisation and the development of public sector services for you and the person you care for
• Access to funding to take a break
• Planning for the future and support for emergencies
Our support can be as much or little as you feel you need. Ideally we want to be involved with people at an early stage of their caring journey to give them access to the right support to prevent a crisis.
TEL: 0300 005 1213
TEXT: 07624 818 403
Durham County Carers Support aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Carers caring for someone in County Durham by providing practical and emotional support, advice and information.
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible
Family Action - The Bridge Young Carers Service
Family Action - The Bridge Young Carers Service is for children and young people between 5 and 18 years of age, with caring responsibilities living in County Durham. For more information or advice please contact Family Action - The Bridge Young Carer's Service on 0191 383 2520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Young carers video
Family Action, The Bridge Young Carers project have created a new video to highlight the support available to Young Carers.