Support for carers

As a carer, you play a vital role in providing the help and support that your friend, partner or relative needs in their everyday life.

However, caring can be difficult both physically and emotionally, and by getting in touch with us to tell us about your caring role, we can check that you’re getting as much support as possible and tell you about the wide range of services available for carers locally.

Who is a carer?

A carer is anyone who provides any care or support to an individual such as a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who needs assistance in their day to day life and cannot manage without your help. Carers do this without payment, and they are not under a contractual obligation to provide care.

Many people who are caring for someone do not necessarily see themselves as carers.

Carers can be:

  • mothers and fathers
  • sons and daughters
  • young people
  • husbands, wives and partners
  • friends and neighbours

What support is available?

There are a number of services both in Brent and nationally to help support carers. We may also be able to provide you with direct support such as respite or additional assistance in your home if you meet certain criteria.

Brent Carers Centre

The Brent Carers Centre is the borough’s main provider of support to carers and has an excellent range of services on offer to all carers including:

  • advice and information on your rights, entitlements and support available to you
  • advice, information and support on finance, benefits and employment issues
  • a regular Carer’s Newsletter
  • training sessions
  • emotional support and counselling
  • support with planning for emergencies
  • activities to promote health and wellbeing
  • regular clubs, events and networks.

You can contact the them on 020 3802 7070, or email email@brentcarerscentre.org.uk or visit them at The Willesden Medical Centre, 144-150 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2PT.

Download: Are you a carer?

Support for young carers

There are over 200,000 young carers in Britain, and they provide essential support to their parents, relatives and friends. It’s vital that if you’re a young carer, you get as much support as possible to make sure you can have as much fun and do as well at school as your friends.

If you are a young carer, The Brent Carers Centre has a range of services to help you with your role, including regular clubs and activities that you can join.