Are you looking after someone?

Is your emergency plan for the person you care for up to date? CarersUK have useful tips to ensure you remember everything.

UNPAID CARERS - Additional COVID-19 Guidance from the Dept of Health and Social Care. 


View the listing of categories on this page to find organisations that offer practical and emotional support for carers along with advice and information.

Many people do not think of themselves as carers.  Recognising yourself as a carer is the very first step to getting the support you may be eligible for.  Seeing yourself as a carer is a way of acknowledging that it can be both difficult and demanding.  Caring can easily become a full time responsibility.  Unlike a paid job, being a carer does not include breaks or holidays, but this doesn’t mean you need them less or are any less entitled to them. 

As a carer your life may be taken over by your caring responsibilities and put a strain on relationships.  It is important to share some of the care as dedicated caring (maybe for up to 24 hrs a day) causes a build up of stress and anxiety for the person doing the caring. It may be difficult to cope with your job, or other members of your family, or to see friends because you are a carer. Caring is tough work and we so easily forget about our own wellbeing.

Carers must recognise that they have needs as well as the person they care for.

Contact Adult Social Care on 01635 503050 or complete the online enquiry form.

Young Carers  Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.  The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

If you are a young carer and would like some help contact the West Berkshire Young Carers Project team for a friendly chat on 01635 503400 or email: youngcarers@westberks.gov.uk

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