A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. The people they care for may be frail, ill, disabled or have a mental health problem, learning disability or issues with substance misuse. Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer; they are just looking after their mother, son, or best friend, just getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in the same situation. We recognise that carers are extremely important within families and communities and often help those they care for to live independently for longer.
Becoming a carer can be bewildering, confusing and frightening so in the box below there are links to local and national organisations that can offer advice and support to carers.
If you know a young carer or you are one yourself, our young carers web page gives advice and information as well as links to other specialist sites.
Our young carers e-learning course is currently unavailable, but a new course that takes a ‘whole family’ approach to the role of both adult and young carers should be available from July 2018.
If you are a parent looking after a disabled child, then as well as information from the specialist sites you will find a lot of helpful information in the Local Offer channel.
Our adult carer e-learning course is currently unavailable, but a new course that takes a ‘whole family’ approach to the role of both adult and young carers should be available from July 2018.
If you provide personal help to an adult and would like additional support, you may contact Carers in Southampton’s dedicated team of trained staff.
To identify appropriate solutions we offer a Carers Assessment for you to complete yourself or with the support of Carers in Southampton.