Carers Advice

Are You a Carer?

If you’re a Carer who helps and supports someone who can’t manage on their own, we want to ensure YOU get all the support YOU need.

We are trying to identify & support as many Carers as we can.

Particularly those people who may be looking after a member of their family or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks, don’t really regard themselves as a Carer and are undertaking this vital activity without help or support.

If you are caring for someone, we really would like you to let us know, so that we can ensure you receive all the support and information we can give, on topics such as benefit entitlement, access to respite care or maybe simply being there to provide a kindly ear when things get too much.

If you are a carer the practice has a Carers Policy which outlines the support we can give and the action we will take if you advise us that you are a carer.

Let us know via the online form below:

If You Have a Carer

If you have a carer and would like this person to be added to your records you will need to complete this form to give your consent for the person to be given information about your medical condition.  You may choose to give as much or as little as you wish.

Local Support

There is also support locally for you as a Carer provided by the Carlisle Carers Association which was established in 2001 and provides support for 10,000 known carers in the Carlisle area.

Carer support workers can visit you at home or you can make an appointment to go to their new office which has full disabled access.  The association can provide:

  • Information on all aspects of caring, benefits advice and all other help available to carers
  • Support workers who will assess your needs, provide telephone support, general legal and financial advice
  • Social events / trips
  • Quarterly newsletter

The Carers Association can be contacted at:

Carlisle Carers Association

Carers Resource Centre

1st Floor Fusehill Medical Centre

Fusehill Street

Carlisle

CA1 2HE

Freephone: 0800 915 8654

Email: admin@carlislecarers.co.uk

Tel: 01228 542156

Young Carers

Carlisle Young Carers is a project which offers support to young carers ( under 18) and can give a confidential listening ear, advice, chances to make new friends, take part in activities, experience new things, a break from caring and a chance to have fun!

They can be contacted at the address above or by telephoning

Carol on 0773 400 3590 or Clare on 0779 198 5645

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Website: www.carersuk.org

NHS Links

There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the under-65s

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.

    Benefits for the over-65s

    Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.

  • Carer's Assement

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring