carer support

Carer Support

If you're a carer and feeling lonely, find out about the support you can get to help you tackle loneliness.

Carers who are feeling lonely can access various forms of support to help them cope with their situation. Caring for someone can be emotionally and physically demanding, and it's essential for carers to take care of their own well-being as well. Here are some steps they can take to get support:

Carer's Assessments

Carers have the right to request a carer's assessment from their local council. This assessment aims to identify the carer's needs and the support they require. It can lead to various types of assistance, including respite care, counselling, and support groups.

Carer's Allowance

Carers providing at least 35 hours of care per week to someone who receives certain benefits, may be eligible for Carer's Allowance. This financial support can help ease some of the financial burdens of caregiving.

Support Groups

Many local and national organisations offer support groups for carers. These groups provide a space for carers to connect with others who are in similar situations, share their experiences, and learn from one another.

Counselling and Therapy

Carers can seek counseling or therapy to address feelings of loneliness, stress, and other emotional challenges. Some organisations offer specialized counselling services for carers.

Respite Care

Carers can arrange for respite care, which involves temporarily transferring care responsibilities to someone else. This can give carers a much-needed break to recharge and address their own well-being.

Technology and Online Communities

Online platforms, forums, and social media groups can connect carers with others who understand their experiences. These communities offer a place to share concerns, seek advice, and provide emotional support. Join Care Begins at Home for information about support available to carers and to connect with other carers in the UK. 

Local Support Services

Local councils, community centres, and charities often offer services tailored to carers. These services might include social events, training workshops, and informational resources.

National Carer Organisations

Organisations like Carers UK and Carers Trust provide a wealth of information, resources, and support for carers. They often offer helplines, online forums, and practical advice.

Reach Out to Friends and Family

Sometimes, friends and family members are willing to provide support but may not know how to offer help. Carers can communicate their needs and feelings to their loved ones, allowing them to be more involved and supportive.


Prioritise your own well-being. Keep up with activities you enjoy and ensure you take breaks regularly so that you can prioritise your needs too. 

Remember that seeking support is not a sign of weakness but a necessary step for maintaining good mental and emotional health. Carers play a crucial role in society, and ensuring their well-being is essential for both themselves and those they care for.