Are you a carer?
A carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems - All the care they give is unpaid

3 out of 5 of us will become carers at some time in our lives. The majority of carers will struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.

Young Carer?
Looking after someone in your family who is unwell or disabled? Has mental health or a drug or alcohol problem? then you may be a young carer you are not alone, there are thousands of young people like you. Visit the Carers Trust website for more information.

What help can I get?
If you are a carer you can:

  • let your GP practice know and ask them to add you to the carers register.
  • find out what support is available to you by getting in touch with the Carers Support Centre


Useful Information for Carers

  • SOCIAL SERVICES CARE DIRECT 0117 922 2700 - Social services have a duty to carry out a Carers Assessment (Carers Act 2005) when requested, even if the 'cared for' person is already receiving a package of care in their own right. The carer should be given services that will support their caring role and enable them to continue caring, such as extra respite care or sitting services.
  • CARERS CENTRE 'Carersline' 0117 965 2200 - Advice, support, advocacy and signposting carers whatever their age or circumstances. Also meetings and support groups.
  • BRISTOL YOUNG CARERS PROJECT 0117 958 9980 - Support advice and activities for carers under 18. This could include siblings of disabled family members as well as children of disabled or ill parents.
  • DHEK BHAL 0117 914 667 - Support and advice for Asian Carers and their families
  • BLACK CARERS PROJECT 0117 379 0084 - Support and advice for carers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • KNOWLE WEST CHILDRENS CENTRE 0117 903 0214 - Support,advice and information for parents and carers of pre school children. Day care and support around parenting skills.
  • MENCAP CARERS NETWORK 0117 961 4372 - Support advice and signposting for parents and carers of children and adults with learning difficulties.
  • CONTACT A FAMILY 0808 808 3555 - Advice support and networking for parents and carers of disabled or ill children, especially those with rare of life threatening conditions.
  • BRISTOL DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT 01454 315 469 - Local support group offering support and information to parents and carers of children and adults with Down's syndrome. Monthly coffee mornings for parents of pre-school children. Activities and social events.
  • ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY 0117 9610693
  • AGE CONCERN 0117 929 7537

Please find below a useful links if you are a Carer

  • Carers UK - Campaigns for the rights and interests of carers. With links to information or carers.
  • Carers Trust - Provides a range of services, Carers emergency card,confidential telephone support,one to one support,time out activities,support for young carers