Support for Carers

A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer.  Carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.

As a Carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services.  A Carer’s Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also look at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.

Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing and carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from carers' services, social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.​

For more information on Carers' breaks and respite visit here

Carer Support Groups 

For more information about the support that is available to unpaid carers and families, please click on the useful links below: 

Carer's Hub Lambeth

  • Practical advice, information and signposting 
  • Support groups, including specialist support; Mental Health, Older People, Learning Disabilites 
  • Training and workshops for carers 
  • One-to-one emotional support 
  • Social Events 
  • Help and advice with applying for benefits and grants .   

Carers UK

  • Free Advice Line: 0808 808 7777
  • Carers UK is a charitable organistion that provides information, advice and support for carers and families. Carers UK gives expert advice, information and support; they connect carers so no-one has to care alone; campaign together for lasting change; and innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers.
  • Email: advice@carersuk.org
  • Click on header for more information.

Further Information on the NHS Choices Website 

There is a wealth of information on the NHS Choices website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

Caring for a parent 
Social Care & Support 
Taking a break 
Housing and carers