In Somerset you are considered to be a carer if you give up your time without pay, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who is ill, frail or has a disability. You can be a parent carer, a young carer, or care for an older person or other adult with care needs.
Here you can find information about being a carer, and the advice, help and support available.
A parent carer is someone who looks after a child of their own who has a disability, chronic illness or behavioural difficulties.
A young carer is someone under 18 years old who looks after a family member, friend or neighbour.
Carers can also care for an older person, someone with physical disabilities, sensory loss, learning disabilities, long-term illness, substance misuse or mental health problems.
Support available for carers
In Somerset, Compass Carers provide a carers support service that is available to all unpaid carers, whether you care for a few hours or a substantial amount.
They give good quality local information, emotional support and practical advice to help you in your caring role. They also work closely with the other specialist carer support networks.
This service is to support you as a carer. It does not replace assessed care and support provided by the local authority.
For more information, please visit the Compass Carers website www.compasscarers.org.uk
Or phone them on 01823 255911, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3.30pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find carer information and advice on the Somerset Choices website
. There are also Information Sheets covering a wide range of topics, including contact details of how to find out more. They are listed in the Information and Resources section of this page.