Unpaid or Informal Carers – advice for all

An unpaid or informal 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.

The causes of someone taking on caring responsibilities are varied but can include:

Each carer’s experience will be unique to their own circumstances:

The two situations are very different, but both are examples of the 7 million carers in the UK today.

Support in Manchester
A Carer’s Assessment will identify the sorts of support which would be most beneficial to you as a carer – find out how to get one on the MCC website at www.manchester.gov.uk/caring_for_someone

The Carers Toolkit on Help & Support Manchester should support you to find the help and advice you need – visit at hsm.manchester.gov.uk

Connect to Support Manchester is an online assessment tool that can help identify what issues you may have and advise on the best service(s) to contact – find this at manchester.connecttosupport.org

Training
The Open Dementia e-learning Programme is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with it. This programme is designed to be accessible to a wide audience and includes a considerable amount of video footage shot by both the Alzheimer’s Society and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where people with dementia and their carers share their views and feelings on camera.

Find the e-learning on the SCIE website at www.scie.org.uk/e-learning/dementia

Top tips to help carers support a friend or family member:

Support and Advice
Sources of support and advice include:

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