Caring for someone? How to access support
Funding has been made available to support Carers during the Covid-19 pandemic through the Carer's emergency fund
Additional guidance and support is available through the Carers Manchester Website.
Ongoing advice and support for carers
Caring can take lots of forms, including preparing meals, doing shopping, taking someone to appointments, managing finances, bathing or toileting, giving medication, emotional support or doing laundry. People of all ages can become carers, including children and young people.
If you support a relative, friend or neighbour, because of their age, physical or learning disability, mental illness or substance misuse (drugs or alcohol) and you are not paid for the support you provide, then you can get advice, support and training to help you with your caring role.
Whilst caring brings many rewards, it can also be stressful and may affect your own health. We would like you to think about any support that you may need - there will be a carer support group in your neighbourhood and you have the right to a Carers Assessment if your caring responsibilities are affecting your health and wellbeing.
A Carers Assessment is a good way to find out about the support which would be most beneficial to you. Carers can have an assessment even if the person they care for doesn’t receive services themselves. The Carers Assessment lets you explain how caring is affecting your health and wellbeing and helps you think about what would happen if you were unable to care for whatever reason, and make a Carer’s Emergency Plan.
Young Carers under 18 can also ask for a Carer’s Assessment. We understand the challenges faced by young people who care, and our specialist workers can give you advice and support as well as putting you in touch with other young carers.
Manchester City Council & the NHS work in partnership with ‘Carers Manchester’ a network of local Carers Organisations, and we encourage all people with a caring responsibility to make contact with the Carers Manchester Contact Point, to find out what support would be helpful to you, now or in the future. You can also join the Carers Register so that we can keep in touch about local services and support.
Visit www.carersmanchester.org.uk for information or speak to one our specialist Carers Contact Advisors on 0161 543 8000 (Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm except bank holidays).