Support and resources for those caring for others
Do you provide unpaid care for a relative or friend? Are you required to juggle the demands of everyday life and caring for a family member with additional needs?
Caring for others that cannot cope without your support is rewarding, but often it can leave you, the carer, in need of support. Here we outline organisations and services available that can help.
Support for carers
If you have caring responsibilities we have compiled a list of resources to help:
Help for unpaid carers – The Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Support caring for someone with Dementia – RAFA have developed a website called Navigating Dementia to support those in the RAF community who are caring for a family member with dementia. This site provides information about dementia, sources of support and access to a Forum where carers can support each other.
Support for carers in Surrey – Action for Carers Surrey have specialist information and support available to anyone in Surrey who is caring for someone who is currently serving, a reservist or veteran, or an Armed Forces family.
Help for young carers in armed forces families
A young carer is anyone under 18 who helps to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. Young carers take on responsibilities usually expected of an adult and the strain can be further compounded by being a Service child. There are lots of organisations out their to help ease the burden:
In 2017, The Children’s Society commissioned an informative report called Young carers in Armed Forces families.
The Carer’s Trust offers a signposting service for young carers.
The Booklet for Young Carers has been developed for young carers by young carers and covers topics such as looking after yourself, growing up as a carer and dreaming about your future.
The Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) scheme is run jointly by The Children’s Society and Carers Trust and aims to make it easy for schools to identify and support their young carers, and be rewarded for good practice.
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