Plymouth's Carers of Friends and Family
Who is a carer?
Supporting someone else is sometimes called caring. You are a carer if you provide (unpaid) support and care for someone who has an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction. Carers can provide all sorts of emotional and practical support.
If you're over 18 and look after a partner, family member, or friend with an illness or disability, you can ask for a carer's assessment, which considers the impact the care and support you provide is having on your own wellbeing and important aspects on the other aspects of your life. We look at how caring affects you and the sort of help you may be eligible for.
We can support carers with information and advice, drop-in and support groups, leisure and social activities, workshops and training, carers passport and discounts, and regular newsletters.
How to ask for a carer's assessment
You can ask for an assessment when you register as a carer.
The assessment will look at how caring affects:
- your life and wellbeing
- your physical, mental and emotional health
- your work, study, training, leisure
- your relationships
What happens after your assessment?
The help you may be eligible for will depend on the outcome of your assessment.
A support plan will be developed, outlining how the council will assist you; this could be via a carers personal budget or through information and advice services.
If you are not eligible for council support, we can provide you with information and advice, as well as put you in touch with local organisations that can assist you.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 201890.
Support with living costs for carers
If you are struggling to make ends meet at the moment, it's important to know that you're not alone and there is help available.
On the Carers UK website, you can find lots of suggestions to help you manage your finances and get support during these challenging times of rising living costs.
If you are under 18 please view the Plymouth Young Carers Support Hub