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.”
The 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 The Carers’ Support Centre here:
Groups by the Carers’ Support Centre
Download a list of groups run independently in South Gloucestershire here:
Groups run independently in South Glos
Download a list of groups run independently in Bristol here:
Groups run independently in Bristol
Drop in sessions
Come along to one of our drop-ins and talk to a friendly and knowledgable Carer Support Officer to find out what support you are entitled to.
Patchway One Stop Shop
The Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5PE
Wednesday 10am – 12pm
Provisional dates: 6 March, 20 March, 10 April, 24 April, 8 May, 22 May.
Yate One Stop Shop
(Access via West Walk) Kennedy Way, Yate, BS37 4DQ
Provisional dates: Appointments by arrangement.
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.