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Support for carers – vital sources of support and information for unpaid carers

Many people are carers for older, disabled or seriously ill friends and relatives. Juggling intense caring responsibilities with work and other life challenges is tough. Here are some useful resources.

We have brought together some key resources and information which might be of help to carers:

Support for carers in Hampshire

Council support

Connect to Support is a Hampshire County Council website with information for carers, including; creating an emergency plan, the carers emergency card, accessing a break from caring, and support from the Local Authority.

Carers Together

Carers Together is a consortium of carers in Hampshire, providing advice and support and pointing carers towards local and national organisations which can provide help. They can offer advice on benefits, training and awareness raising. They have also produced a really useful leaflet for carers on their rights.

Carers Together support line

Carers Together run the Carers Active Listening Line - Tel: 08000 323456

This is a helpline for carers who can phone and speak to someone in confidence about any caring issues they may have. Every call is free, independent, confidential, impartial, supportive and non-judgemental.

It is available 365 days a year, Monday - Friday: 10am - 8pm, Bank Holidays and weekends: 10am - 4.30pm.

Hampshire Parent Carer Network

Every local authority in the country has a parent carer forum - this is Hampshire’s. Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN) offers parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with an additional need (diagnosed or not) or disability the opportunity to tell the Local Authority, Health and other services, what life is really like.

They offer a range of ways for parent carers to get involved and have their say including a very active Facebook page, regular get togethers and a parent rep and steering group. Find out more on their website.

More sources of help and support across Hampshire:

Andover Mind provides a Carers Support service for all carers living in Hampshire. Phone  01264 332297

Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire offers information, support, advice and emergency respite services for all carers in Hampshire. Phone 01264 835246 

There are a number of Mental Health Carers Support Workers who can be contacted through your local Community Mental Health Team.

Voluntary groups which offer neighbourly help to people in their local communities. Information for young carers (under 18).

Sources of financial support for carers

The Family Fund – an organisation which can help with grants for families caring for disabled children, to buy equipment and other items.

Many carers are not aware of their rights and entitlements so here are some sources of advice and information on carers rights:

How to access a Carers Assessment

Support from your GP

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