Carers Support Officers can provide in-depth one-to-one support to individual carers where appropriate.
This includes emotional support, information, advice and advocacy. We can work with you to explore the options that are available to you as a carer. We can help with form filling, applying for specific benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carers Allowance and making applications to Charitable Trusts. We can support carers as appropriate at formal meetings.
We offer one-to-one appointments at our offices, through drop-ins and, in some cases, by a home visit.
“You were such a great help when my husband was taken into hospital. I don’t think I would have got through it without The Carers’ Support Centre.”
“Thank you for all your help preparing for my Carers Assessment. It really helped me to look at my own needs and not feel guilty about asking for help.”
Carers Activity Groups
These are a relatively new venture from Carers Support Centre and they aim to bring together carers with a common interest. Each activity group meets monthly and is supported by one or two volunteers who share the interest and are passionate about creating opportunities for carers to take some time out. We have a number of activity groups running already; Crafty Carers, Pie and a Pint, two Carers Supper Clubs meeting in Horfield and Bedminster; and a Book Club starting soon.
Carers Support Centre runs several carers’ support groups across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Carers’ Support Groups offer a safe, confidential space to meet with other carers and are facilitated by trained staff. A variety of different activities happen in groups including speakers, therapies and craft activities. An important aspect of the groups is sharing with others how you feel, about being a carer. The Carers’ Support Centre also holds information about independent and condition specific carers’ support groups in the area.
Download a list of groups run by Carers Support Centre here:
Download a list of groups run independently in South Gloucestershire here:
Download a list of groups run independently in Bristol here:
Online support group
You may prefer to join an online support group. The national charity, Carers Trust, provides 24-hour discussion boards, blogs and a chat room. These give carers the opportunity to share experiences, seek advice and meet others in a similar position. You can find out about the discussion forum here.