Carers- Family, neighbours and friends who care, unpaid

Carer’s are entitled to a Carer Needs Assessment, any carer over 18 years old who are looking person or persons over 18 years old who is disabled, ill or elderly. It is an opportunity to record the impact caring has on your life and what support or services you need. The assessment will look at for example, physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.


Anyone can become a carer, carers can be of any age, from any background. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer as they feel its ‘what they do’ e.g. looking after one or both parents, their child who has additional needs (who may now be an adult), best friend or neighbour.

Examples of caring can be made up of a single or combination of the following;

  • Emotional support like listening and talking
  • Household chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing or shopping
  • Medical care such as helping with medicine dosages or delivery
  • Personal care like feeding, getting to the toilet, washing and dressing
  • Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home

Carers Needs Assessments

All carers should be offered a Carers Needs Assessment,it should identify any help needed to maintain your own wellbeing as a carer. When 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.

A Carers Needs Assessment can be completed with you in your own right even if the person you care for is not in receipt of care an support through Adult Social Care. Or you can have a joint assessment as a carer with the person you care for if they are known. However you choose to have your Carers Needs Assessment it will focus you and your needs.    

An assessment gives you the opportunity to find out about help available and to help make 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?

Like so many things it does involve some ‘form filling’. You can do most of this for yourself (using the form below the questions) if you want or you can wait for a professional to come and fill it in with you. However you choose to do it there will be a professional there to help you work out what, if anything, is needed. They will help you to find out what is available in your community.

Will there be any charge?

There is no charge for a Carers Assessment.

What happens after the assessment?

After the assessment, you will be encouraged to develop an action plan with your assessment worker to help you meet your outcomes e.g. making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community, including recreational facilities.

How to arrange a carers needs assessment?

Please contact Doncaster Adult Social Services and Wellbeing Team us on 01302 737391 between 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday. The person who takes your call will make contact with the locality team in your area, this team will make contact with you to arrange a time with you complete your Carers Needs Assessment.


Download and complete the assessment form using the link below prior to your assessment to give you an idea as to the format of the questions

Carers Assessment Form
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Further Carer Support 

Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service- delivered by ‘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 and give balance to aid people in their caring roles. - call 01302 986900 email-

Doncaster Parent Voice- 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.  Accessible to parents or carers of a child/ren with any type of additional need or disability are welcome to join.  Joining does not mean you have to commit lots of time, you can join and receive information only, and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace- call  01302 637566

Working Carers- Doncaster Council holds an Umbrella Plus Membership for Employers for Carers to help support working carers across Don caster regardless of where you work.  You can access practical resources, advice and information is available online at  designed to help after staff who are juggling work alongside caring for someone. Use our free unique access code #EFC1849 to register.

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. 

Carers Charter
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Carers Commitment
Download (12.5MB - PDF)

Doncaster Carers Strategy 2015 – 2020

Doncaster Council is coordinating a partnership of local groups and organisations to implement our local carers strategy.

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Last updated: 21 January 2020 12:11:28