Information for carers
Notes and information for carers.
Carers and families provide a vital support network but are at greater risk of experiencing mental and physical health problems and emotional stress themselves due to the demands of being a carer. As well as providing care and treatment for the people who use our services, we are also here to support you. If you have a problem, if something is worrying you, or if you are confused about how to get help, then please talk to us.
On this page you will find information about your involvement in the care we provide to your relative or friend and information about support for you in your caring role.
Carers information booklet
Our Carers information booklet aims to provide some information about your involvement in the care we provide to your friend or relative but equally important it aims to provide information about support for you in your caring role, from us and from other local organisations.
The booklet includes:
- What you can expect from us as a carer
- Carers Needs Assessments and the Care Act
- Planning for an emergency and the Carers Emergency Scheme
- Accessing respite care and Carer breaks
- Carer information and support groups
- GP practice carer registers
- Confidentiality and information sharing
- Speaking to staff
You can access a copy of our Carers information booklet here.
Our carers charters were developed with and for carers as a joint statement of how we will work together to help make life better. Based on our core values, our charters are our pledges to carers of people using our services. You can view copies of our charters by clicking the links below:
Carer support organisations
Carers Gloucestershire is an independent, carer led charitable organisation that seeks to empower carers across the county to promote their rights and enable them to make positive choices to improve the quality of their lives.
Telephone: 01452 386283
Gloucestershire Young Carers
Gloucestershire Young Carers is a support network for young carers across the county. They work with young carers to ensure that service providers understand their needs and respond appropriately.
Telephone: 01452 733060
Herefordshire Carers Support
Herefordshire Carers Support aims to ensure carers are universally recognised as fundamental to the communities they live in and that there is a balance between their caring responsibilities and their lives outside their caring role.
Telephone: 01432 356068
Carers UK is a charity set up to help millions of people who care for family or friends
Telephone: 0808 8087777
A charity for, with and about carers which works to improve support services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or who has mental health or addiction problems.
Telephone: 0844 800 4361
Young carers are children and young people who take responsibility for the care of a family member, usually a parent or brother or sister, who have a disability, a serious illness, mental ill health or who have issues with substance misuse.
The care might range from basic household tasks to nursing care, or it might take the form of emotional support.
If you are a young carer in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire, please use the tabs below for information about the support available to you.
Carers Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Young Carers offer:
- Information, advice and guidance
- Assessment and support planning
- Emotional support
- Carers’ voice
Family Information Service
For information on family finances, finding and choosing childcare and local activities, parenting support, education and housing.
www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk Freephone: 0800 542 02 02 Direct line: 01452 427362
Offers family and parenting support, befriending for parents and mentoring for children. Providing help and support for all aspects of family life.
Telephone: 0808 800 2222 www.familylives.org.uk
County Community Projects
- Advocacy: free health and social care and statutory mental health advocacy service
- Appropriate Adult Scheme: for young people and adults with mental health or learning difficulties held in police custody
- Family mediation
- Family support
Telephone: 01452 894594 or 0800 644 6448 www.ccprojects.org.uk
www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk Telephone: 0808 801 0606 or text support: 07537 410022
Other information and help:
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Provides specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.
Schools and Colleges
Many schools and colleges in Gloucestershire have a named young carer link worker. Please contact the appropriate school or college directly for details.
They can help families access services that will make their lives easier as well as offering young carers time out and respite from their caring responsibilities.
Herefordshire Young Carers work with young carers and their families to personalise the support we give them. This may include:
- One-to-one work
- School support
- Trips and activities
- Young carer clubs
- Signposting to other useful services and support agencies.
Referring to Young Carers
Contacting Herefordshire Young Carers
Telephone: 01432 356068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.herefordshirecarerssupport.org/young-carers/support-young-carers
Some useful resources include:
Story books are available which might help children and young people understand when someone they know has difficulties with their mental health
Carer information sessions and support groups
Carer information sessions and support groups
Carer Education and Support Groups provide:
- Time to talk, share experiences and support each other
- Visiting speakers on mental health issues and services
- Increased understanding of mental health problems and how they may be managed
- Education for carers on looking after their own wellbeing
- Information on carers’ rights
- A social event
Ask the care team or local carer support agencies if groups or a carer education programme run in your area.
For further information on carer education and support groups in your area please contact:
Telephone: 0300 111 9000
Positive Caring Programme
Herefordshire Carer Support
Telephone: 01432 356068
Emotional support for carers
Emotional support for carers
It’s not unusual for carers to feel that things are getting on top of them and you may feel anxious or depressed. Getting the right help is essential to prevent this escalating and there are several avenues open to you.
Your GP is a good first point of contact as they will be able to assess your health and access a range of treatment. If they hold a Carers’ register as many surgeries do it might also help to register yourself as a carer so they are aware of your situation.
At ²gether you can access help through Lets Talk, our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service which offers a range of support including telephone, face to face and group sessions. Your GP can help you access the service or you can click here to see the support available to you and self refer.
Other organisations offering support
Carers organisations also offer a range of emotional support and counselling services to carers – you can find their contact details in our ‘Information for Carers booklet’ or by clicking here.
If you and your family are the main support for somebody currently using our services you may find it helpful to have an assessment of your own needs in your caring role.
A formal Carers Assessment means that a support plan can be put in place for you that takes account of:
- your view of your role as a carer
- the support you already provide and how to best to help you maintain that
- the other things you want or need to do in life
- accessing community resources local to you
- identifying public, private and voluntary services that are funded to support carers and offer something you might value
Examples of support that might be identified include:
- tailored information and advice about mental health and learning disability and its treatment
- information about welfare benefits
- joining a carers support group
- having a short break
A Carers Assessment is not a test of how good a carer you are.
I am a carer in Gloucestershire, how do I arrange a Carers Assessment?
If you have not been offered a Carers Assessment and you would like one, please speak to the named nurse or care co-ordinator of the person you care for to find out who does this with you. Most people find talking through the assessment with a member of staff from ²gether or Carers Gloucestershire works best to identify what will help them. The assessment is a guided conversation about you and your needs so you should take some time to think about what is most important for you.
I am a carer in Herefordshire, how do I arrange a Carers Assessment?
Speak to your friend or family member’s named nurse or care co-ordinator if you would like help to access a carers assessment or request one directly by contacting the Advice and Referral Team (ART) at Herefordshire Council:
- Telephone: 01432 260101
- Email: ASCAdviceandReferralTeam@herefordshire.gcsx.gov.uk
- Fax: 01432 261666
You can also write to: Adult Social Care, Advice and Referral Team, Franklin House, 4 Commercial Road, Hereford HR1 2BB.
Triangle of Care
The Trust is a member of the Triangle of Care national scheme run by the Carers Trust. The Triangle of Care is a service which brings together carers, service users and professionals.
It aims to promote safety and recovery for people with mental health issues and encourage their wellbeing by including and supporting their carers. We are currently working with our inpatient units, crisis teams and early intervention services across the Trust to develop our work with carers.
Improving support for carers - teams throughout the Trust are looking closely at how well they support carers using the Triangle of Care toolkit and improving services where there are gaps.
We need your help – if you are a current carer of someone using our services you can support Triangle of Care in a number of ways.
- You can give feedback on a crisis team, inpatient unit or early intervention team by completing our short online questionnaire here
- You can get involved in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire locality groups, feeding back and making suggestions to teams about their self assessments and getting involved in training.
- You are invited to come to a training session as a learner – we are running sessions in both counties and would like staff and carers to learn through sharing experience – to book a place contact our Social Inclusion Team.
To see more about Triangle of Care, click on the leaflets to the right of this page or go the Carers Trust website.
Further help and support
Other organisations who can help or who partner with us.