Being a carer for someone with a long term illness or disability is hard work. Balancing the caring role with space and time for yourself is very important. Having a break from that pressure, whilst still having the assurance and support you, or the person you care for, needs, can be invaluable.
Fortunately, help is out there. The organisations listed below can provide advice, respite services and practical support for carers.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
For more details follow the links below or see our page on Benefits and Finance
Website: www.direct.gov.uk/Carers Allowance
Worcester Association of Carers
Worcestershire Association of Carers is an independent source of information, advice and support for the 57,000 unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire. They aim to raise awareness of the issues and experiences carers face whilst caring and can provide a variety of different services to support you in your role as a carer.
They run Carers Groups in Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Inkberrow, Kidderminster, Malvern, Martley, Pershore, Stourport and Worcester.
Telephone: 01905 751340
24hr Telephone Helpline: 0300 012 4272
St Richard’s Hospice Carer’s Group
The only group in Worcestershire supporting carers of people facing life-limiting illnesses. The group meets on the second Monday of every month and usually on one other Monday as well as organising outings and other events. The service is free and are able to arrange sitters and transport.
Telephone: 01905 763963
Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council provide social care services for all in the county and can provide respite and short breaks for people with a variety of needs. Contact them on the details below if you need to access a respite service for yourself or someone you care for.
Worcestershire HUB Telephone: 0845 607 2000
Carers UK is a membership organisation of carers, led by carers for carers. They seek to support and represent carers in their day to day role and develop wider understanding of carers and the work they do through representation in the media and political lobbying.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999
To contact Carers UK advice line:
Telephone: 0808 808 7777
Worcestershire Young Carers Project
This project aims to provide information, support and advice for young carers, as well as practical activities.
Telephone: 01905 730780
Provides friendship and support to families following a acquired brain injury
Telephone: 01905 729729
Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and respite care for people with disabilities, visually impaired people, and carers.
Telephone: 0845 345 1970
The North Star Foundation
They support people with a learning disability and mental health issues in Worcestershire.
Whilst operating as a social care provider Crossroads Care also provide a sitting service to give respite to carers.
Telephone: 01905 729293 (Worcester, Malvern & North Worcestershire)
01386 49926 ( Evesham & Pershore)