Being a Carer

COVID-19 Carers Emergency Fund

Funding has been made available in Manchester to support carers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Apply online for cash grants, help with furniture and white goods and with gas and electric bills.


Are you a carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Carers Trust – What is a carer?

Let us know if you are a carer

Free Needs Assessment

Needs assessments are for adults (18 years of age or over) who may need help because of a disability, ill health or old age. Anyone who appears to have a need for care or support can have a needs assessment, regardless of the ‘level’ of those needs or the person’s financial resources. Even if you as the carer are providing all the care the person needs, they are still entitled to an assessment.


Telephone: 0161 234 5001



Telephone: 0161 912 5199


Manchester Carers Centre

Provides free community services for carers in Manchester this includes: information & advice, emotional support & practical help, community drop-ins to meet other carers, breaks & social activities and access to grants and training.

Telephone: 0161 272 7270


Trafford Carers Centre

Trafford Carers Centre supports unpaid carers looking after someone who lives in the Trafford area, including help applying for a Carer’s Assessment by Trafford Council.

Telephone: 0161 848 2400


Himmat Support Centre

A support centre for carers of people with learning disabilities from a South Asian background.

Telephone: 0161 248 0425


Trafford Mencap

Trafford Mencap is a charity that promotes equality for people with a learning disability – helping with new opportunities, new friends, and to feel valued and safe in the community.

Telephone: 0161 928 5678


ACCG - African Caribbean Care Group

The ACCG delivers Day Care and Home Care services and aims to provide a service to the whole family, not just the person being cared for.

Telephone: 0161 226 6334


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for Carers

If you provide unpaid care to friends or family there is information and support available.

Manchester Telephone: 0800 234 6123

Trafford Telephone: 0300 330 9073


Free Carer’s Assessment

If you provide unpaid care for a friend or relative, you are entitled to a free assessment of your own needs as a carer from the council. You will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need for support. You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment. You may be juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your life.

Manchester City Council – Caring for someone

Trafford Carers Centre – Self Assessment

Manchester Advocacy Hub – Support for carers

Carers Manchester

Carers Manchester is a group of organisations working together to improve services for Manchester’s unpaid carers. Carers can get in touch with The Contact Point who can provide advice and support.

Telephone: 0161 543 8000 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm except bank holidays, and 10am – 6pm on Wednesdays)



Facebook: @CarersManchester

Manchester Carers Forum

Regardless of whether you care for someone for just one hour per week or 24 hours per day, every day, Manchester Carers Forum is here to help.

They can offer home visits if you would prefer to talk to someone face to face.

Telephone: 0161 819 2226


Young Carers

Lots of young people are carers without realising it – often for a family member such as a brother or sister, parent or an older relative. Sometimes it can be for a partner or friend who is ill, frail, has a disability, has a mental health concern or has a drug (or alcohol) addiction.

Manchester City Council

Young Adult Carers (16-25yrs)

Talbot House

Talbot House supports parents and carers of people who have learning disabilities in Manchester.


Being There

Being There is a small charity with support services in Manchester and Trafford providing emotional support and home-based practical help to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, along with those closest to them, such as family, friends and carers.

Telephone: 0845 123 23 29


The African & Caribbean Mental Health Service

IFEOMA is a carers group that meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Windrush Millenium Centre: support, trips, short breaks, information and advice, respite, alternative treatments, practical help.

Telephone: 0161 226 9562



Facebook: @acmhsmanchester