Support for carers

This Carer’s Week (10-16 June) we’ve talked about the support available to you if you look after an adult.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for an adult friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face, and to recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.


Carers have rights under the Equality Act and the Care Act 2014 and can access a range of support including:

  • a Carers Assessment for which you can self-refer or be referred by a professional. The assessment involves a social care professional looking at your circumstances to see how you can be helped with your caring responsibilities.
  • Carer’s Allowance – you could get £81.90 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.

Bury Carers Hub makes sure that adult carers, caring for someone 18+, can get information, advice, and a wide range of support services.

These services are designed to help carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and to reduce the impact caring can have on their own health and wellbeing.

It runs events and activities to support carers and for you to network all year round https://www.bury.gov.uk/asset-library/bury-carers-hub-events.pdf

Bury Young Carers work with young people from 7-18 years of age. Our offer is to provide sessions and activities where young people can make friends, learn new skills, have a break from their caring role and have plenty of fun!

If you are an older carer then our Staying Well Team is there to help over 50s residents & may be able to provide you with advice, support and assistance to enable you to remain healthy, happy and independent for longer

You may not see yourself as an older carer but Age UK has a range of general services which can help you

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme by the police to encourage carers to compile useful information which could be used to help locate a vulnerable person if they go missing.

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