A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day to day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally, or through a voluntary organisation.
Anyone can become a carer and carers come from all walks of life and are all ages. The person you care for may be:
- have a disability
- have a mental health problem
- have a learning disability
- have issues with substance misuse
Many people do not consider themselves to be carers - they may believe that they are just looking after their mother, son or friend.
If you are 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone with substantial caring needs, you may be entitled to a carers allowance. Further information can be accessed via carers allowance.
Additionally, there could also be support with housing costs for you, or the person you care for, which could include extra help from energy suppliers, help with mortgage payments or council tax support. For more information visit the carers trust website.
If you are a carer in Peterborough, you are welcome to join drop-in sessions to meet other family carers in your local area, find out what support is available and gain confidence as a family carer. There is no need to make an appointment, just turn up for a coffee and a chat.
- Dementia Resource Centre between 10am and 1pm on the last Friday of each month
- Carers Support Group held at Centre 68, Westgate Church on alternate Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm. For more information contact Pamela 07400040159 or David 01354655786
Cambridge and Peterborough Rethink support group
Families and friends of people with mental ill health often need information, encouragement and the strength that comes from knowing that they are not alone. The Rethink support group is run by carers for carers and they offer a wealth of experience of supporting people with mental health problems.
For more information email CambridgeRethinkGroup@rethink.org or call 07783 267013/ 07342 691768 (Jonathan Wells).
Peterborough Association for the Blind (PAB)
Peterborough Association for the Blind (PAB) are a local charity who help and support local blind and partially sighted people and their families to maintain quality of life and independence.
PAB are offering free training sessions for anyone who wants to learn more about sight loss. The three hour session will cover:
- Some of the myths around sight loss
- The main eye conditions and the difficulties associated with them
- How to greet, introduce yourself and help a visually impaired person, including the basics of guiding
- Learn about PAB and the services we provide
- How you can make use of your skills
Sessions will be on Saturday 14 January 10am to 1pm and Tuesday 24 January 10am to 1pm. Please contact the office for further details and to book a place on a course - 01733 344 844 or email email@example.com.
Carers Trust Peterborough
Carers Trust Peterborough will soon be setting up several carers hubs in Peterborough, which carers can come to for advice, information and support. We can also help you to fill out a carers assessment, and Emergency Support for Carers registration form and give guidance of the Family Carers Prescription and how to access it.
If at any time you need help, advice and support from Carers Trust, please call 01733 645234 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more events for carers please visit the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire and Peterborough events page.
Carers Trust Peterborough - Working Carers Group
- Do you care for someone and work?
- Do you find it hard to access information at a time that suits you?
If so, come along to The Carers Trust Peterborough - Saturday Working Carers Group and get support with your caring role.
Meetings are held at Thorpe Hall, Peterborough 11am until 1pm. The 2017 dates are:
- 12 August
- 21 October
- 2 December
Every two years the Department of Health produces a national survey called ‘Caring for Others’ for Adult Social Care departments to send to people who are caring for someone who uses social care support services. To the right are the results of the 2016/17 survey.