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About caring in Somerset
Who are carers?
You are a carer if you give up your time without pay, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who is ill, frail or has a disability. Many people don't realise they are a carer.
A parent carer is somebody that looks after a child of their own who has a disability, chronic illness or behavioural difficulties.
A young carer is somebody who is under 18 years old who looks after a family member, friend or neighbour.
Carers can also care for an older person, someone with physical disabilities, sensory loss, learning disabilities, long-term illness, substance misuse or mental health problems.
Information for carers
You can find information on the Somerset County Council, and other websites about being a carer, and the advice, help and support available. To find more information click - here
Support for carers
To find support click - here
Carers in Somerset
For overall information about the range of support for carers in Somerset click - here
You can find some useful links to key information here:
Short breaks click - here
Carers in crisis click - here
Mental health and well being click - here
Help and support for young carers click - here
End of life care click - here
Library home delivery service click - here
Somerset Social Care
Somerset Social Care supports you to find solutions in your community to keep you independent for longer.
We work with you and our partners in the health service and community organisations to provide really useful information and advice so you can get on with your life.
We call this "Community Connect".
For more information about what Somerset Social Care does, click - here
Carers' Voice Somerset Partnership Board
Carers’ Voice Somerset Partnership Board provides a voice for unpaid carers in Somerset.
Carers' Voice Somerset Partnership Board is a strategic group, and an influencing body for unpaid carers in Somerset.
The board are concerned with improving the lives of unpaid carers in Somerset, and advise and make recommendations on the joint development of health, social care and related services.
Carers' Voice Somerset Partnership Board members include:
Unpaid carers, former unpaid carers, representatives from Somerset Carers Service, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Somerset Parent Carer Forum, Healthwatch and many more organisations. The chair of the board is an unpaid carer.
To find out more information or to join the board click - here