Are you a carer?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Carers Trust – What is a carer?
Let us know if you are a carer
Carers Manchester is a group of organisations working together to improve services for Manchester’s unpaid carers. Carers can get in touch with The Contact Point who can provide advice and support.
0161 543 8000
(Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm except bank holidays, and 10am – 6pm on Wednesdays)
Free carer’s assessment
If you provide unpaid care for a friend or relative, you are entitled to a free assessment of your own needs as a carer from the council. You will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need for support. You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment. You may be juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your life.
Manchester City Council – Caring for someone
Manchester Advocacy Hub – Support for carers
Lots of young people are carers without realising it – often for a family member such as a brother or sister, parent or an older relative. Sometimes it can be for a partner or friend who is ill, frail, has a disability, has a mental health concern or has a drug (or alcohol) addiction.
Manchester City Council
Young Adult Carers (16-25yrs)
Carers Trust Trafford
Carers Trust in Trafford offers regular breaks for carers in the Trafford area from a minimum of two hours per week. “We simply take over the role of the carer and care for your loved one whilst you take some time to be yourself and take a well earned break.”
0161 905 1986
Carers Trust Trafford
Talbot House supports parents and carers of people who have learning disabilities in Manchester.
Being There is a small charity with support services in Manchester and Trafford providing emotional support and home-based practical help to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, along with those closest to them, such as family, friends and carers.
0845 123 23 29
The African & Caribbean Mental Health service
IFEOMA is a carers group that meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Windrush Millennium Centre: support, trips, short breaks, information and advice, respite, alternative treatments, practical help.
0161 226 9562