A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally, or through a voluntary organisation.
There are lots of services and support to help carers, and the people they care for. You can search for services here to find out more.
The service is for carers of all ages who care for people with any condition. It doesn’t matter how long they spend in their caring role. The aim of the service is to support carers, by offering individual support so that they can maintain their caring role and have a life outside of caring.
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust provide a specialist carers support service for people who care for someone with a mental health problem.
Carers Voice Somerset links closely with the Council and the NHS to represent the views of carers.
Somerset Carers Service (Part of the Community Council for Somerset)
Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times.
You can receive support from Somerset Carers for free if you are over 18 and you look after someone in an ‘unpaid’ caring capacity (not employed or self employed as a Carer). If you are in receipt of benefits for your caring role you can still be supported by our service.
The person you look after could be a loved one, friend, partner, parent or child (it does not matter if they are under or over 18) on a regular or irregular basis.
We will do our utmost to make sure you receive the right support you need in your day-to-day life, by working with healthcare providers, and other local services to create a tailored, integrated package of care that works for you.