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 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
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.
0161 234 5001
0161 912 5199
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.
0161 543 8000
(Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm except bank holidays, and 10am – 6pm on Wednesdays)
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.
0161 272 7270
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.
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.
0161 819 2226
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 supports parents and carers of people who have learning disabilities in Manchester.
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.
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.
0161 226 9562