Support for Carers

Three in five people in the UK will become carers at some point in their lives.

Definition of 'carer'

A carer is someone who looks after and supports a friend, relative or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, or disability.

It does not mean a professional care-worker or personal assistant who gets paid for their work.

Who supports carers?

If you feel you are caring all alone, we are here to help.

Shine’s support groups, training, and specialist team of advisers are here to offer guidance, friendship and support along the way.

Don’t struggle alone.

Carer’s Allowance

If you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week, you may be entitled to claim for Carer’s Allowance.  

Click here, to read more.

Other useful support

Here are some useful links to other groups supporting carers:

Carers UK provides expert advice, information and support, connects carers through groups and volunteer networks, campaigns for lasting change, and works with local authorities and organisations to improve services for carers throughout the UK.

Carers Trust offers specialist services for carers of all ages through tailored support and group activities. Through a wide network of partners, Carers Trust provides grants to help carers find extra help, offers replacement care at home and in the community, and provides advice, practical help and access to much needed breaks. 

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for thousands of families with disabled children, through its information resources, training events and parent advisers. 

Sibs support siblings of all ages who have or are growing up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition. It also supports parents to help support siblings with aspects such as giving attention, explaining disability and dealing with siblings’ feelings.

Support team

Shine’s support team are also here to talk through anything with you:
Call us on 01733 555988 or click here to email us. 

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
We aim to respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible!

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