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Information and support for carers

A carer is somebody who provides support or who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their age, physical or mental illness, or disability. This would not usually include someone paid or employed to carry out that role, or someone who is a volunteer.

The Council recognises the valuable work carers do and there are a number of ways it can offer support.

This section provides information and advice on benefits, carers’ support groups, the carers’ emergency scheme, training courses, carers assessments and different types of support to help carers to continue caring safely and look after themselves.

If you are a carer of a child or young person aged 18 or below or a 'young carer' who is caring for an adult you will still find much of the information in these advice notes useful but may also wish to look at the Glosfamilies directory.

The related and external links provide information on both local and national organisations for carers.


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The information on organisations within the Your Circle directory does not amount to an endorsement by Gloucestershire County Council of their services. Any use is at your own risk. Please check the organisation's qualifications and inspection reports where applicable. See Disclaimer for details.