You are a carer if you provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis to a family member, friend or neighbour who has any illness or disability or is frail due to being older; and who could not manage without your help.
You could be:
- A young person under 18 looking after a parent/brother/sister;
- Looking after a relative with a mental illness or physical disability;
- The parent of a child with special needs;
- A friend or relative looking after an older person
You do not have to:
- Live with the person. you care for
- Be the only carer.
- Be related to the person you care for
South Eastern HSC Trust has a Carer Information Booklet with a wide range of useful information for carers including details about local Trust offices; carer training and carer’s needs assessments; benefits and useful contacts for carers, carer health, local carer support groups and a section about support for Young Carers. The booklet is available by clicking here.
South Eastern HSC Trust has a Carers Development Officer, Joan Scott, who can help with any queries you have about support for yourself as a carer. Contact details below:
Ballynahinch Community Services
45-47 Main Street
Telephone: (028) 9756 5456