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I care for someone else

Being a carer

Do you look after a family member, partner or friend who is ill, frail, elderly, has a disability or a mental health problem? Is the care you provide unpaid? It doesn't matter whether you are caring for another adult or are a parent/guardian of a disabled child. There are a variety of services that can help you or provide support and advice as a carer, for more details please see our related services section to the side of this page.

You are also entitled to a Carers Assessment to identify how we can best support you. If you would like to find out more please contact the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Carers Hub https://www.carerstrustem.org/hub or call 0115 9628920.

For more information about the support that is available to you as a carer please click on the sections below:

Carers Trust East Midlands

Carers Trust East Midlands provide a Carers Hub to offer timely, personalised, joined-up information and support for carers across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, to make it easier for you to find help when you need it. The Carers Hub is a one-stop service, providing one point of contact and support for carers in Nottingham. The Carers Hub offers:

  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Carer Assessments to identify and understand your needs
  • Carers groups and drop-ins
  • Access to Carers Respite breaks
  • Carers’ ID cards and help with planning for emergencies
  • Mindfulness and counselling therapies
  • Free training and caring support
  • Carers Smart’ benefits and discounts
  • Signposting to other organisations for information about things like the condition of person you care for, what to do if you’re not happy with the support they get, and advocacy

For more information about support available in Nottingham, contact the Carers Trust East Midlands using any of the details below:

Website: https://www.carerstrustem.org/hub

Telephone: 0115 824 8824

Email: hub@carerstrustem.org

Write to:
Carers Trust East Midlands
19 Pelham Road
Nottingham
NG5 1AP

Or connect with: 

Facebook: CTEastMidlands
Twitter: @CarersTrustEM

Breaks from caring

Respite care can give the person you care for the chance to enjoy new experiences and to make new friends. In turn this means carers receive a break from caring and time to recharge their batteries. For more information contact the Carers Trust using the  contact details below:

Website: www.carerstrustem.org/hub

Telephone: 0115 824 8824

Email: hub@carerstrustem.org

Write to: 
Carers Trust East Midlands
19 Pelham Road
Nottingham
NG5 1AP

Or connect with: 

Facebook: CTEastMidlands
Twitter: @CarersTrustEM

Young carers

Young people can be carers too! If you’re under 18, and think you might be a carer, or if you know a young person in this situation, you can contact Action for Young Carers at the Carers Federation on 0115 9629351 or email aycnottingham@carersfederation.co.uk or visit the website

What does it cost?

The Carers Hub, short term Carers Respite and Action for Young Carers are commissioned by Nottingham City Council and NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, and are free to you, to support you as a carer.

The person you care for may still be charged for any support provided directly to them.

Where else can I get help locally?

The Carers Hub can provide you with information on other groups or services you could go to for advice on specific conditions. Or you could also look at -

  • Carers Federation – support for carers. Website: www.carersfederation.co.uk or call: 0115 962 931
  • Carers Council - Allies in Adult Mental Health - support for carers of adults with a mental health condition. Contact Geoff Curtis, telephone 0115 9631916, email geoffcurtis@ymail.com
  • Rainbow Parents Carers Forum – support for parents who care for a disabled child. Website: http://www.rainbowpcf.org.uk/ or call: 0115 934 8451
  • Link to local groups and services on the AskLiON directory of local information, advice and support available to help you and the person you care for.
  • Learning Disability Carers' Forum - support for carers of someone with a learning disability, ensuring carers’ voices are heard. Call: 0115 852 8000
  • Age UK - services for older people. Website www.ageuk.org.uk/notts or call: 0115 844 0011
  • Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust – community and mental health services. Website www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/home or call: 0115 969 1300
  • Nottingham Mencap - support for people with a learning disability, and their families. Website www.nottinghammencap.org.uk or call: 0115 920 9524

Where can I get help nationally?

  • Carers UK - advice and support for carers. Website: www.carersuk.org
  • Carers Trust UK – National charity supporting carers. Website: www.carers.org
  • Include – Children’s Society initiative supporting young carers and their families. Website: www.youngcarer.com/
  • Contact A Family - supporting families of disabled children. Website: www.cafamily.org.uk or call: 0808 808 3555
  • Alzheimer's Society - Alzheimer's and Dementia. Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk, Tel: 0115 934 3800
  • MIND - helping people with mental ill health. Website: www.mind.org.uk
  • SANE - helping people affected by mental illness. Website: www.sane.org.uk or call: 0300 304 7000
  • SCOPE – National charity supporting people with a disability. Website www.scope.org.uk or call: 0808 800 3333
  • Mencap – National charity supporting people with a learning disability. Website www.mencap.org.uk
  • Headway - support after a brain injury. Website: www.headway.org.uk or call: 0115 924 0800

Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to people aged 16 and over.

For information on the Mental Capacity Act please visit the NHS Choices website at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/mental-capacity.aspx

Or the Social Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website at http://www.scie.org.uk/mca/introduction/mental-capacity-act-2005-at-a-glance

Carer's Allowance

A carer’s allowance is a benefit you may be eligible for if you spend time caring for someone.

For information about the Carer’s Allowance please visit the Gov.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/how-to-claim

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