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Carers in Somerset

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.

There is information on the Somerset County Council, and other websites about being a carer, and the advice, help and support available. 


If you regularly look after someone in a caring capacity, the Somerset Carers Service can support you with advice and guidance. The service an also help you to identify groups and events in your area and find facts and information that will help the person you are caring for with their particular needs. The service employees highly trained Carers Agents to help you find what you are looking for. You can get in touch with them via Live Chat on their website, through their dedicated Advice Line or a Text Service. Please visit: https://somersetcarers.org/