Carers Advice

Are You a Carer?

A carer is: Somebody, of any age, who provides support or who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of frailty, physical or mental illness, or disability.

If you are a carer for somebody else, please make sure the practice knows this as they can use this information to support you, and the person you are caring for.


Help and Support

Nottingham City Support

  • Carers Federationsupport for carers, or call: 0115 962 931
  • Rainbow Parents Carers Forum, support for parents who care for a disabled child, or call: 0115 934 8451
  • Local Information Online Nottingham (LiON)A directory of local information, advice and support available to help you and the person you care for
  • Learning Disability Carers' Forum, support for carers of someone with a learning disability, ensuring carers’ voices are heard. Call: 0115 852 8000
  • Age UKprovides services for older people, or call: 0115 844 0011
  • Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trusta community and mental health services, or call: 0115 969 1300
  • Nottingham Mencap, support for people with a learning disability, and their families, or call: 0115 920 9524


National Support

  • Carers UK, provides advice and support for carers 
  • Carers Trust UKa National charity supporting carers 
  • IncludeChildren’s Society initiative supporting young carers and their families
  • Contact A Family, supporting families of disabled children, or call: 0808 808 3555
  • Alzheimer's Society, for Alzheimer's and Dementia. Tel: 0115 934 3800
  • MIND, helping people with mental ill-health
  • SANE, helping people affected by mental illness, or call: 0300 304 7000
  • SCOPEa National charity supporting people with a disability, or call: 0808 800 3333
  • Mencapa National charity supporting people with a learning disability
  • Headway, support after a brain injury, or call: 0115 924 0800


Information supplied by Nottingham City Council

Finance and Law

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

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the under-65s

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.


    Benefits for the over-65s

    Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.

  • Carer's Assement

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring


Information supplied by NHS website


Looking after you, too.

  • 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.