Carers in Barnet
What is a carer?
You are a carer if you provide regular unpaid support to a partner, relative or friend who is unable to live independently without your help. A carer is a person of any age, adult or child.
The person you care for may need your help due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. You are not considered to be a carer if you are a paid professional care worker or personal assistant or a volunteer.
In Barnet, we value carers and recognise the vital role carers play in the health and social care system by caring for vulnerable people.
Being identified as a carer can help you get the right support you need to look after the person you care for.
You can identify yourself as a carer at your GP practice.
Who provides support to carers in Barnet?
Barnet Carers Centre is the lead provider for carers support services in Barnet. It works along side a number of local organisations who make up the carers hub.
The carers centre has been providing significant support to carers in the borough for a number of years and is well established locally, and is highly regarded by those that use its services.
Members of Barnet Carers Hub are:
- Barnet Carers Centre
- Age UK Barnet (West)
- Alzheimer’s Society (North West)
- Barnet Mencap (South)
- Jewish Care (South)
- Friend in Need (North)
What type of support is offered?
The carers hub provides a range of services including:
- preventative carers breaks e.g. shorts breaks from your caring role
- carers training and awareness programmes
- good neighbour schemes e.g. befriending and shopping bus
- support groups e.g. dementia cafes, male peer support, films nights for carers
- legal and welfare advice
Working with the Hub means that support is available to carers in locations closer to their home and work place.
Carers support services are also being offered at mainstream locations around the borough such as libraries, GP surgeries and community centres.
Barnet Carers Strategy
The Barnet Carers Strategy 2014-15 was developed by Barnet Council in partnership with NHS Barnet and the Carers Strategy Group. It provides a planned and consistent approach in the development of services for carers in Barnet. We are currently working with the Carers Strategy Partnership Board to develop a strategy to fit in line with the Care Act 2014.