The voice of Carers
Are you a Carer?
- Do you look after someone who is ill, frail or has a disability?
- A Carer is someone of any age, whose life may be restricted because they are looking after a friend, relative, partner or person who cannot manage without help because of illness, age or a disability of some kind.
- You may not think of yourself as a Carer because you do these tasks out of love. This kind of informal Carer is quite different to a formal, paid or professional person who is employed to care.
Carers UK is a national charity that is set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends. It provides information and advice about caring alongside practical and emotional support for Carers. It campaigns to make life better for Carers and influences policy makers, employers and service providers to help them improve carers’ lives.
On the Isle of Wight the local branch of Carers UK, based at the Riverside Centre in Newport, works alongside Quay Carers Support Service and offers a range of services that include:
- Contact with other Carers and former Carers.
- A range of practical services such a s local support groups; opportunities for weekend respite care, therapeutic services, information days and seminars.
- Activities, meetings and social occasions.
- Resources and information.
- Support, a listening ear and assessment of Carers’ needs.
- Recognition of the value of Carers.
- Empathy and understanding.
Carers UKIsle of Wight Branch and Quay Carers can be contacted at:
The Riverside Centre
Tel: 01983 533 173 or 01983 822 209 (ext. 204)
Mobile : 07789 685 861
Carers UK can be contacted at:
20 Great Dover Street
Tel: 020 7378 4999
Advice Line: 0808 808 7777
Below is a link to information specifically for Dementia Carers: