Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you


There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices  and about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • 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.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

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


Website for Carers Federation:


Info for adult carers (you can find this on the above website):


Adult Carer Support

Our Adult Carer Support services are there to empower unpaid carers. Our expert team provides a wide range of practical and emotional support enabling individuals to care for those they love whilst maintaining a life of their own.

You are an unpaid carer if you support a family member or friend that is ill, disabled, elderly, has mental health issues or substance misuse problems. The support you offer may include shopping, cooking, dealing with medication, or attending medical appointments with the person you care for. The person you care for could live with you, in their own home, or even in residential care.

Carers First Nottingham City – Carers First supports all Nottingham City Carers 18+  You can contact us on: Nottingham 0115 962 9362
Adult Carer Support Nottinghamshire County  
– The Carers Trust East Midlands delivers County Adult Carer Support in Nottinghamshire contact them via the Carers Hub  on: Nottinghamshire 0115 8248824 or email:


Action for young carers

(Please note this service is only available for young carers in the city)

If you are a young person aged 5 to 18 who cares for a family member at home, we’re here to help you. You could be looking after a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative who may be affected by a disability, mental health or any other long term illness or condition.

You could have a varied caring role offering support in one or more of the following areas:

  • Emotional – listening to the person you care for’s worries and concerns
  • practical – shopping, cooking, cleaning and/or paying bills
  • physical – heavy lifting i.e shopping and pushing wheelchairs
  • personal – supporting around washing dressing etc


Everyone is different. That’s why AYC will take the time to ensure you and your family receive the kind of support you need.

Maybe you need some time off every now and then, or perhaps you want someone to speak to your school or social worker on your behalf.

You might just want to have a bit of fun and meet other young carers. Whatever it is, AYC is geared up to meet your personal needs. Here are some of the things AYC offers:


  • Young Carers statutory assessment
  • One-to-one confidential support
  • Advocacy for (speaking on behalf of) Young Carer
  • Your own support worker
  • Young Carer groups
  • Information about the condition of the person you care for
  • Help to access other services that might benefit you
  • Opportunities to join in lots of different activities and fun days out


Office Telephone Numbers: 0115 9629351 /2/3 or 0115 9629349, Email: Text Phone: 07814 678 460


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