Carers in Barnet
Who is a carer?
A carer is a person who is unpaid and looks after or supports someone else who needs help with their day-to-day life because of issues such as:
- their age
- a long-term illness
- mental health
- substance misuse.
Each caring situation is unique and every carer has different needs and priorities.
In Barnet we value carers and recognise the vital role they play in the health and social care system.
Where to get information, advice and support
If you would like information, advice and support about being a carer, please contact Barnet Carers Centre.
This is the lead provider of support for carers in the borough, and it offers:
- carers' breaks e.g. shorts breaks from your caring role
- carers' training and awareness programmes
- good neighbour schemes, e.g. befriending and shopping bus
- social opportunities to meet other carers and support groups
- legal and welfare advice
In addition, we have our Barnet Carers' Support Offer, which outlines a number of support services available to carers.
We also have our online directory Social Care Connect which contains comprehensive details about lots of local organisations and activities which you may find useful.
Assessing your needs
If you are a carer, or you think you might be taking on a caring role in the near future, you are entitled to a Carer's Assessment.