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 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 Carer's Assessment for you to complete with the support of Carers in Southampton.
Our Carer Aware e-learning course may also be of interest to you.