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Find someone to talk to about caring

If you have identified yourself as a carer, we know that you may not have much spare time. There are a number of organisations that can help you find the information, advice, support groups and activities, you need as a carer. 

Leicestershire Support for Carers

You can get advice if you're a carer in Leicestershire, whether you care full time or just a few hours a week from Leicestershire Support for Carers. Their services include:

  • telephone advice line. Telephone: 01858 468 543 during office hours Monday to Friday or email: maureen@supportforcarers.org
  • telephone befriending service - for people who feel isolated and haven’t got support from family and friends
  • buddying scheme – get to know other carers in the same situation as you.
  • carers support groups and other social community groups they can put you in touch with
  • carers id cards to record the telephone numbers of people to contact in an emergency and to alert the emergency services that you are caring for somebody who may need help back at home
  • help completing a carer’s assessment to see whether you might be eligible for support.

Other places to get information, advice and support

Carers UK has a listening service and online forum available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Leicestershire carers also have access to a Digital resource for carers.

The NHS Carers Direct Helpline is available in the evening and at weekends. Telephone: 0300 123 1053.

Carers Trust has online help and advice.

Our Local Area Co-ordinators may be able to put you in touch with a support group in your community. Email: simon.dalby@leics.gov.uk.

Visit First Contact Plus for health and social care information and advice in Leicestershire. By making a self-referral, you will get a call back within 2 days.

Social media (such as Facebook, Twitter) and online forums can be a convenient way to link up with other carers. You may want to consider setting up your own if you can't find one.

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