Parent carers

Do you have a child with special needs, a disability or a life-limiting condition? If so, you are not alone!

The majority of carers struggle along and do not know that help is available to them. Others are worried that they will be judged as unable to cope if they ask for help

Carers Support Centre offers a range of services for parent carers with a child 18 years old or under. These include emotional support, help with benefits and information to access services.

Working in partnership with other agencies we can guide you through the system and make sure you are getting all the support available to you.

Our service is confidential, and we can offer one-to-one meetings with a dedicated case worker.

We help to run a support group for parent carers in Bristol. See carers groups for times and dates.


Improving services through parent participation
In the last 10 years parent participation groups and parent carer forums have developed across England. They form a national network of parent-led organisations which are helping to shape the future of services available for children with disabilities or special educational needs.

These organisations are supported locally, but are independent, and led by parent carers. Through their experience, parents are able to give an invaluable perspective in identifying improvements to services.

These organisations work in partnership with the local authorities to create a greater understanding of parent carers’ needs and to improve service provision.

To find out about your local organisation, go to:
Bristol Parent Carers parent participation in Bristol. This forum is supported by The Carers’ Support Centre.
South Glos Parents & Carers Forum  (formerly Our Voice Matters) parent carer participation in South Glos