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A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. This could be because they are ill, frail, disabled, have mental ill health or substance misuse problems, these people could not manage at home without support.

The Wiltshire definition of a young carer is:

“A child or young person (up to the age of 25) whose life is affected by caring, over and above just helping out”

If you are a carer for someone you may be providing practical help such as cleaning, cooking or physical tasks such as bathing, lifting and dressing. You may be giving emotional support or have to keep a close eye on the person you care for.

Most people who look after relatives or friends are happy to do so but caring for someone can be demanding and there is a range of help available to support you in your caring role.  PDFWiltshire handbook for carers The Wiltshire Handbook for Carers 2013 1mb was upgraded and re-launched during Carers Week in June 2013 and was published in partnership by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), it contains useful information for carers and is available free from the Carers Programme Lead at Wiltshire Council or you can ask at Carer Support Wiltshire, your local library or GP Surgery.

According to the last Census figures available to us from 2011, there were 47,608 carers in Wiltshire, providing unpaid support to someone. Around 14,500 of these carers provide 20 hours or more a week unpaid care.

The Wiltshire definition of a young carer is:

'A child or young person (up to the age of 25) whose life is affected by caring, over and above just helping out'

Carer Assessments

As a carer you have the right to have your views taken into account when the person you care for is being assessed. If you an adult providing a substantial amount of care on a regular basis you are entitled to have a separate assessment of your needs. This is called an assessment of carers needs. You can ask for your own assessment at any time, even if the person you care for does not want an assessment for services.

You can find out more in -  PDFA guide to assessment of carer needs A guide to assessment of carers needs 1mb

Training for carers

Training is offered to informal unpaid carers and covers many aspects of caring.

Learn more, gain insight, receive help and support but most of all be informed. Many topics are covered, including:

  • manual handing;
  • basic first aid;
  • benefit awareness; managing money and paying for care
  • computer training;
  • mental capacity act; and
  • dementia training.

You can see the most up to date training and education programme on the Carers in Wiltshire website

Benefits, managing money and paying for care

Age UK Wiltshire and Carer Support Wiltshire are offering a free session for anyone interested in finding out more about benefit entitlement, managing money, paying for care and planning for the future.

You can see the most up to date training and education programme on the Carers in Wiltshire website

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: customeradvisors@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 0111
Out of hours:
Fax:
Postal Address:

Community and Voluntary Sector Support
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN


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Last updated: 24 February 2014

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