Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
The Bristol Carers Support Centre, based in the Vassell Centre offers many lines of support for carers - see their website and phone number below.
BRISTOL AND SOUTH GLOUCESTESTERSHIRE CARERS LINE - 0117 9652200
Bath Carers Centre, support line is a Freephone number 0800 0388 885
Open weekdays from 8.15 until 12.00 noon.
Website www.banescarerscentre.org.uk email contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wiltshire Carers Centre, support line is a Freephone number 0800 181 4118
Open weekdays 9-4. General enquiries 01380 871690.
Carers Support Centre Website
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?
- Young carers
Watch this animation on young carers produced by a group of young carers aged 16-24 for GP surgeries.
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