Carers Support Officers can provide one-to-one support to individual carers. This includes emotional support, information, advice and advocacy. We 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 for grants. We can also support carers at formal meetings with health and social care professionals.
We can arrange one-to-one appointments at our office in Fishponds, through drop-ins, and at your GP practice. In some cases we can offer a home visit.
Carers Support Centre runs several carers’ support groups, which offer a safe, confidential space to meet with other carers and are facilitated by trained staff. An important aspect of the groups is sharing with others how you feel, about being a carer. And we organise a programme of activities including speakers, therapies and craft activities.
Download a list of groups run by Carers Support Centre here:
There are also several other support groups in the area run by different organisations.
Download a list of groups run independently in South Gloucestershire here:
Download a list of groups run independently in Bristol here:
Carers Activity Groups
We offer activity groups which meet monthly. These are supported by volunteers who share the interest and are passionate about creating opportunities for carers to take some time out. We run the following:
- Crafty Carers (North) – second Monday of the month, 2-4pm in Downend
- Crafty Carers (South) – third Thursday of the month, 2.30-4.30pm in Bedminster
- Book Club – third Tuesday of the month, 11am-12noon in Downend
- Supper Club – fourth Tuesday of the month, 6.30-8.30pm in Bedminster
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. Carers Trust supports 3 online forums:
Last updated: 8/03/2017