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Are You a Carer - Do You Look After Someone?

Does someone depend on you? Maybe for shopping, gardening, getting around, or personal care? It could be your spouse or partner, a child, or perhaps a parent or other family member. If you have such a caring responsibility then please let us know by competing the Carers Registration Form - we may be able to help you. This section will also provide valuable information. 


Have you registered with Carers UK This website provides lots of information and advice to Carers.


Positive Caring Programme for Unpaid carers - Positive Caring Programme Leaflet


Gloucestershire Carers Emergency Scheme - Do you ever wonder what would happen to the person you look after if you had an emergency? See the Carers Emergency Scheme Leaflet for details. 


Gloucestershire Young Carers Newsletter "We Care, We Count"


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Would you like a health check or advoce relating to your own health needs? If so, please arrange an appointment with a practice nurse.
  • Are you aware of the benefits that may be available to you or the person(s) you care for to help with the cost of caring? If not, information is available from Carers Gloucestershire, Carers UK and Gloucestershire County Council. (See Links below)
  • Do you need someone to talk to in confidence about your caring situation? If so, contact a carer's support worker at Carers Gloucestershire or Gloucestershire Young Carers.(See Links Below)
  • If you provide a substantial amount of care, do you know about your rights to a carer's assessment through Gloucestershire County Council? Please contact the adult helpdesk on 01452 426868 to arrange an assessment.
  • Are you aware of the help and support available through Healthwatch Gloucestershire? Healthwatch Gloucestershire is responsible for providing the public with local information to help make informed choices about health and socila care needs. Their website address is or you can contact them on 0800 652 5193 or by e-mail at


Useful Organisations

Carers Gloucestershire :

Gloucestershire Young Carers :

Gloucestershire Parent Carers :

Carers Direct :

Carer's Emergency Scheme :

Positive Caring Programme :

Carers UK : or or telephone Lucia Dedear on 0774 810 2009


The Carers Forum - You are welcome to attend the whole or any part of the forum. Please ring 01452 386283 if you would like to know more or to book a place.

The Forum is a quarterly event that aims to provide Carers with a collective voice on their key issues, and is driven by Carers through the Carers Alliance. Gloucestershire Carers Alliance is a strong, independent, diverse and inclusive carer-led and carer-centred organisation influencing policy and services to improve outcomes for all Carers.

Attending the Forum will enable you to find out more about:-

- Current plans for Healthwatch Gloucestershire

- Maintaining high quality, specialist NHS services

- Information stands themed around short breaks and counselling

The Parent Carers Forum - for parents with children under 25 years of age meets at the same time and will be covering:-

- Parent Carer issues

- Special Eductaional Needs

- LIFT Training ( learning Independence for Travel)


Carers Gloucestershire

Carers Gloucestershire is an independent Carer led charitable organisation that seeks to empower carers across the county to promote their rights and enable them to make positive choices to improve the quality of their lives. For further information go to:- .

If you want to become a member go to:-


Positive Caring Programme

This is a programme run by Gloucestershire County Council. It provides free local sessions giving carers the opportunity to meet with others in similar circumstances to gain and share knowledge, information and support. Sessions are held at local venues across the county throughout the year. The sessions are open to anyone aged 16 and over who provides care or support to a family member, friend or relative.

Full details can be found at



Parent Carer Information

Gloucestershire Parent Carers Council was set up by parents of children with disabilities. The council disseminates information about local services through "The Key" newsletter, regular council meetings, quarterly parent carers forum and liaison with health, education and social care practitioners, managers and directors. Parents/Carers of disabled children/young people aged 0 - 25 years old can join and become involved. The contact telephone number is 01452 386283,or e-mail The website is

"The Key" is an information and resource service for families with disabled children in Gloucestershire.


Are you a Young Carer?

Are you a child or young person who takes responsibility for care of a family member, usually a relative - parent, brother, sister, grandparent - who cannot manage independently due to a long term illness, mental ill health, drug or alcohol dependency? Young carers can be any age up to 25 years old, but the average age is 12 years old.

Gloucestershire Young Carers aim:-

- To create a network of support for young carers across the county

- To work with young carers to ensure that service providers understand their needs and respond appropriately.

Further details can be found at


The Carers Emergency Scheme

If you are aged 16 and over and provide substantial care or support for a family member, friend, relative or disabled child, you can apply for this service. It provides you with plans in case anything happens to you, gives you 24 hour a day emergency cover and gives you peace of mind.

Full details can be found at


There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.


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