A carer is a person who is unpaid and looks after or supports someone who needs help with their day-to-day life due to reasons such as:
- their age
- a long-term illness
- mental health
- substance misuse
Barnet Carers Centre
You can access information, advice, emotional and practical support from Barnet Carers Centre who work as part of a Carers Hub with six local voluntary sector organisations:
- Age UK Barnet
- Barnet Mencap
- Alzheimers Society in Barnet
- Friend in Need
- Jewish Care
- Caring for carers
- carers' breaks, eg short breaks from your caring role
- training and awareness programmes
- good neighbour schemes, eg befriending and shopping
- social opportunities to meet other carers and support groups
- legal and welfare advice.
Download the Carer Centre's Winter 2016 newsletter.
All carers have the legal right to ask their local authority for an assessment of their needs. A carers assessment will consider the impact that the care and support you provide is having on your own health and wellbeing and important aspects of the rest of your life.
You may also find our guidance about carers' rights in the Care Act useful.
A young carer is a young person who gives regular care and emotional support to a parent, brother, or sister, or someone else in the family.
Find out more about individual and school support, outings and activities for young carers.
Support for carers
As a carer, it's important to access the right support which may help you to look after your own health and wellbeing, as well as support you in your caring role.
There's a wide variety of help and support available for carers outlined in the Barnet Carers' Support Offer (Word Doc), which covers areas such as advocacy, training, the Emergency Plan Scheme, and financial support.
Barnet Carers and Young Carers Strategy
Carers are vital to the health and social care economy and we acknowledge the vital role of carers and the support they provide. We extend our thanks and admiration to all our carers and our Barnet Carers and Young Carers Strategy (PDF) sets out our action plan to continue to improve the health and well-being of all carers living and caring in Barnet.