A carer is someone who provides regular unpaid help and support to another person. It does not include those who volunteer as part of a group or organisation. This might be helping someone with paperwork and financial matters, housework, shopping, assisting with medication or other personal care needs such as keeping clean and fresh, preparing and eating meals or getting out and about.
Carers can be any age, including children and young people, and from any background. Being a carer is very rewarding but it can be hard work as well.
Support for Carers
Here are some local organisations who could talk to you about being a carer.
Adult Carer Support - Making Space, who support adult carers of adults. Making Space can support people in a caring role, helping to enable carers to be connected in their community. Call 01302 986900 or e-mail DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk
Doncaster Parent Voice Parent Carer Forum – The parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authority, education, health and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families. Please call 01302 637566 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
Doncaster Partnership for Carers aim to support people in their caring role and their personal development by giving them the tools and resources to ensure they are looking after their own health and wellbeing as well as the person they care for. Please call 01302 637566 / email email@example.com
Young Carers Young Carers Service supports Young Carers (now in-house within Learning and Opportunities Children and Young People). The Young Carer Service supports young carers to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age. For information, advice and guidance please call: 01302 736099 or email: Young.Carers@doncaster.gov.uk
You might also find it useful to look at:
- Your Life Doncaster – Find information and advice, search for local groups and activities for support and buy products and services to help you maintain your independence.
If you want more information about the illness or condition of the person you care for you should try NHS Direct website for information that has been checked out and approved. If you want to find out about your other rights as a carer or what happens in other parts of the country, or to just make contact with carers across the UK you should try:
Any carer who looks like they might benefit should be offered an assessment. It should identify any help needed to maintain your own wellbeing. If you are offered an assessment it is ok to say ‘no thanks’. It is also ok to change your mind later if it is offered again or you could ask for one in the future by making contact with the number below.
An assessment gives you the opportunity to find out if there is any help available now and to make some plans for the future. It will help you to get any support you need to stay in work or education or to let you also look after any children you may have.
What will happen at the assessment?
Will there be any charge?
What happens after the assessment?
How to arrange an assessment?
- Carers Assessment Form
- Download (1.17MB)
Doncaster Carers' Charter
Informal carers are vital to those they care for, and we recognise the need to ensure that carers know they are carers and can find the right support and guidance when they really need it. Key partners in Health and Social Care in Doncaster have signed our 'Carers' Charter' which is our commitment to supporting carers in our town. Download the Carers Charter
Doncaster Carers Strategy 2015 – 2020
Doncaster Council is coordinating a partnership of local groups and organisations to implement our local carers strategy.
Other useful links:
- Carers Assessment Form June 2016
- Download (1.17MB - RTF)
- Doncaster Carers Strategy
- Download (717KB - PDF)
- Caring for the future - One year on
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