What is a Carer ? A carer is usually someone who provides help and support to a family member or friend who cannot manage without their help.
Carers can be -
(Informal carers are not the same as formal or employed carers who provide a service on a paid basis.)
Carers do not have to –
The person being cared for can be of any age and have one or a combination of the following conditions:
Carers help out in a number of ways, providing both practical and emotional support and assistance with things such as:
Some carers help by watching out for someone, to try and make sure that they do not harm themselves, or that they get more help if things get worse.
For some carers, such as those caring for people with mental health illness or learning disabilities, caring may be about simply ‘being there’ to reassure or encourage the person.
People often don’t realise how much they are caring for someone and that they can get support in their caring role.
If you are a carer you are entitled to an assessment of your needs.
The first step towards getting advice and support is to contact a Carer Coordinator.
Support In Your Local Area
There are Carers Co-ordinators
in each of the Trust areas. These
Co-ordinators support carers by actively identifying needs of the carers
and developing services and actions to address these needs.
The Coordinators work in partnership with other voluntary organisations such as carers' support groups or carers' organisations to ensure that all carers are provided with the support and care that they need to remain in the caring role.
Carer Services in Trust Areas
Carer's Allowance is money to help you look after someone who needs to be cared for
If you’re aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who is ill or has a disability, you may be eligible for Carer's Allowance
CAUSE is a unique peer-led regional charity offering services to families, partners and friends across Northern Ireland caring for a loved one who has experienced serious mental illness.
Centre For Independent Living
Centre For Independent Living promotes the principles of independent living and, in particular, to provide a range of services for people using or considering using Direct Payments and/or Self-Directed Support
Direct payments are available from Health and Social Care Trusts for someone who is assessed as needing help from social services. You can usually receive a direct payment if you are a carer aged 16 or over.
Self Directed Support enables individuals to choose how their support is provided and gives them as much control as they want over their Personal Budget.
Carer's Advice Helpline0808 808 7777
provides a range of general and specialist advice services for carers. Trained advisers can provide advice and information on a wide range of issues – welfare benefits, community care and carer support
open on Mondays and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm
Autism NI Helpline 028 9040 1729
provides practical and emotional support, a listening ear, enhancing networks and coping mechanisms, the Autism NI Helpline bridges families to appropriate services in their area.
Helpline open Mon, Wed & Thurs (9am-5pm) and Tues & Fri (9am-1.30pm)
CAUSE Helpline 0845 60 30 29 1
provides access to support and information from our dedicated team of Carer Advocates all who have direct personal experience of supporting a loved one with mental illness.