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Are you looking after / caring for someone?

Do you help look after your husband, wife, partner, a parent, or child if they are sick or disabled? A relative, neighbour or friend?

You may not be the only person who helps to care, but if you are not employed to provide care for them, then you are also a carer.

If you need support, here on Staffordshire Connects we have many organisations listed that can help you.

Carer's Support

From the 6th April 2021, any Carers Assessments will be carried out by Staffordshire County Council. This will allow Carers to have a key point of contact and provide a clear and easily accessible framework for information, advice and guidance and also assessments. To arrange a Carers Assessment please contact the Council by Telephone: 0300 111 8010 or by Email: firstcontactcarers@staffordshire.gov.uk

N-Compass will lead the delivery of preventative support for carers of all ages, including young carers. The new service will be called ‘Staffordshire Together for Carers Service’ and will continue to offer emotional and practical support, befriending, peer support, training and skills development for Carers of all ages, as well as a Carers 24/7 chatline.

Are you a paid carer?

If you are part of a care agency, or a carer / personal assistant then you may find the Care Market Development area of the Staffordshire Connects website useful for information about care training, development and vacancies.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus, some groups, services and activities may have changed how they operate. Please check websites, ring, email or contact the service via social media if you would like to find out what support is available.

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Coronavirus / Covid 19 support                                                                              

If you are in need of help because of the Coronavirus, please take a look at our support page for details of who can support you.

How do I get support as a carer of an adult?

If you want to find an organisation or a local group that can offer you support as a carer, there are many organisations and groups in your local area.  

If you are caring for a young adult (aged up to 25 years), with special educational needs and disabilities, then support for carers can be found in the local offer section.  

 

I need a break from caring, how can I find care for the person I look after?

Being a carer can be hard work and you might need to take a break sometimes.

A short break can be anything from a couple of hours to several weeks, away from caring to give you time to recharge your batteries. You may find that it helps you stay stay well and feel better able to cope with caring.

Support is available from Staffordshire County Council. 

Telephone: 0300 111 8010

General Email: firstcontactcarers@staffordshire.gov.uk

For adults of any age   

There are also many day care / opportunities organisations listed here on 'Staffordshire Connects' that can help you take a break and care for the person you look after. Many home care agencies may also be able to support you.   

For children, young people and adults up to 25 years

There are agencies able to care for children / young people

If you are caring for a child / young adult (aged up to 25 years), with special educational needs and disabilities, then support for carers can be found in the local offer section.  

A wide variety of activities and short breaks are available as part of the Staffordshire County Councils 'Aiming High offer' 

How do I get support as a carer of a child / young person?

If you want to find an organisation or a local group that can offer you support as a carer, then support can be found in the children and families section. 

If you are caring for a child/ young person (aged up to 25 years), with special educational needs and disabilities, then support for carers can be found in the local offer section.  

 

What support is there for young carers of an adult?

There are over 2,000 people aged under 18 years of age who are 'young carers' in Staffordshire. 

From 6th April 2021, N-Compass will lead the delivery of preventative support for carers of all ages, including young carers. The new service will be called ‘Staffordshire Together for Carers Service’ and will continue to offer emotional and practical support, befriending, peer support, training and skills development for Carers of all ages, as well as a Carers 24/7 chatline.

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