A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression.  Many carers give up an income, future employment prospects and pension rights to become a carer.  Many carers also work outside the home and are trying to juggle jobs with their responsibilities as carers.  The majority of carers struggle alone and do not know that help is available to them.

There are a variety of services which support carers in Blackpool which can be accessed without an assessment from the local authority.  These include:

  • Caring Times Quarterly Magazine
  • Information and signposting to appropriate services
  • Emotional support for adult, young adult and young carers
  • Visits to carers in their own homes
  • Carers grant scheme to provide respite from caring
  • Support for carers in Acute Hospital settings
  • Counselling
  • Training
  • Support in GP Practices
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Youth Clubs for young carers
  • Trips out for carers
  • Support Groups
  • Self Help Groups
  • Carers Emergency Card Scheme
  • Family support
  • Advocacy

An article about the latest national policy information relating to carers can be found here

If you would like any further information about support and services available to carers in Blackpool you can telephone Blackpool Carers Centre 01253 393748 or visit  www.blackpoolcarers.org

There is also some useful information provided by Blackpool Council here

Joint Commissioning Strategy for Adult Carers 2010 – 2015 (2011 Update) Part 1

Joint Commissioning Strategy for Adult Carers 2010 – 2015 (2011 Update) Part 2

Expenditure on Carers 2012 -2013