Information for Carers

Who is a Carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid, often intensive, support to family or friends who could not manage without that support. This could be caring for a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Carer Support Services

Carers Lancashire is a partnership of organisations from across Lancashire, who provide a vast range of support to carers. Carers Lancashire can offer you:

  • Help planning for an emergency if you cannot for whatever reason carry out your caring duties through the Peace of Mind 4 Carers Service. This service offers free replacement care for up to 72 hours in an emergency within the cared for persons own home
  • A carers assessment offering you an opportunity to discuss your caring role and identify what help you as a carer might need
  • A sitting in service provided by volunteers to give you a break from your caring role
  • A range of free short and long term courses
  • The opportunity to apply for a 'Time for Me' grant of up to £350 to be spent on anything to give you as the carer to have a break from your caring role
  • Trips and events for you as a carer throughout the year
  • Regular newsletters keeping you up to date with the support and services available
  • Therapists to provide you with free individual therapy treatments, giving you a break from caring
  • Carers Forums and support groups
  • Information, signposting and support with any general difficulties you may have in your caring role

If you think you are a carer and would like to access this support, please get in touch by telephoning Carers Lancashire on 0345 688 7113.

Carer Assessment

To help you as a carer, Lancashire County Council or Carers Lancashire can offer you a carers assessment. A carers assessment can help to identify what help you as a carer might need to support you in your caring role.

Should you choose to have your carers assessment undertaken by Lancashire County Council, your assessment will be carried out by a member of the Lancashire County Council social work team, and normally take place in your home, or in another mutually convenient place.

If you choose to have your carers assessment undertaken by Carers Lancashire, your assessment will be carried out by a worker from your local carers service and can take place in your home, over the telephone or by e-mail.

Whoever carries out your carers assessment, the person you care for does not have to be present during your assessment.

You will be asked to provide information during your carers assessment, for example:

  • What sort of help do you provide?
  • Do other relatives or friends help you care?
  • Are you able to take a break from caring?
  • Does the person you care for receive any sort of help?
  • Does caring affect your health or wellbeing?
  • What other responsibilities do you have, as well as caring? For example: work commitments, or other caring responsibilities.
  • What extra support would improve your quality of life?

If you would like to request a carers assessment from Lancashire County Council, contact the Customer Service Centre on 0845 053 0009.

If you would like to request a carers assessment from Carers Lancashire, contact Carers Lancashire on 0345 688 7113.

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance is £59.75 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don't have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You need to be aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer's Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits. For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance

Guidance Documents

Carers Lancashire

Carers Registration and Assessment Request

Short Breaks

Peace of Mind 4 Carer's