Across the UK, there are millions of people who provide unpaid care for someone else. It may be someone older - a neighbour or a relative, or someone with a disability or illness. Caring is a part of being human and can be very rewarding. But we know it can also be emotionally and physically draining - particularly if the person providing the care has other family or work commitments.
However, there is help available. Warwickshire County Council has a range of services to help support Carers. It is vital to look after your own health and wellbeing - for your own sake, and so that you can continue to look after anyone who relies on you.
What support services are available?
If you provide regular unpaid emotional or physical support to a friend, neighbour, or family member - there are support services available to help you. We have listed some of these below.
The Care Act 2014 Sets out the rights for Carers in England to receive services.
If you are providing care for a friend or relative, you are entitled to have a Carers Assessment. This could provide you with support plans and emotional one-to-one support.
Register as an unpaid carer with your GP - Here are some helpful letter templates to help you register with your GP – please click on the relevant link to download the one you require.
Financial Support – Carers UK can help you understand any financial benefits you may be entitled to.
The Wellbeing service offers carers a safe environment to offload and seek expert advice, with an opportunity to join many community groups and hubs throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.
Triangle of Care is a service that brings together carers, service users and professionals.
Warwickshire Young Carers help improve the lives of Young Carers across Warwickshire by offering free and confidential support.
There is a range of Dementia Support services available across Warwickshire that are available to support you if you are living with dementia or caring for a person with dementia.
Carers Voice Coventry and Warwickshire is a user-led forum providing the independent voice of carers. Its vision is to ensure that unpaid carers are valued, recognised, and supported; with equal access to a good quality of life that is not prejudiced by your caring role.
This leaflet offers advice and information about the services available to support you: Helping you to manage your wellbeing.
For more information, please visit WCC Support for Carers.
Citizens Advice South Warwickshire (covering Warwick and Stratford) are here to help in any way we can - benefits (establishing entitlement, completing forms and managing claims inc appeals etc), access to care & support organisations, financial capability, applications for charitable grants etc, and any other issues carers and those they care for may have. We have some limited capacity to do home visits where required.