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Caring for family and friends

If you look after anyone who because of illness or disability needs support and cannot manage without help then you are recognised in law as a carer. Many people at some point in their lives become a carer even though they may have other responsibilities. If you are a carer we may be able to provide you with help and support. 

Use the Related Pages section to find out about services that are available for carers. 

Information about how to ask for an assessment and what the process involves for you and the person you care for can be found on the 'Assessments for carers' page. 

Benefits you may be entitled to are explained on the 'Find out what benefits carers are entitled to' page.

Details of many national and local support groups and organisations that can offer you help, advice and information are available on the 'Carers Support groups' page. In addition, the 'Take a break from caring' page highlights respite services available for carers and if you are unable to care for someone unexpectedly, please visit the 'Plan for a care emergency' page. 

Further help and advice

1. The NHS Carers direct website has a large amount of information about rights and entitlements.

A link to the website is provided in the External links section on this page. Or you can call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053 for confidential information and advice for carers.  Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Request a free call back or an interpreted call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو. You can talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

2. There is now ONE single point of access to help and support for all adult carers in Leeds:-

The Carers Leeds service can be contacted by phone, email, home visit or by dropping in to the city centr​e base. Carers Leeds is based at: 6-8, The Headrow, Leeds LS2 6PT. Tel: 0113 380 4300 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday). Email info@carersleeds.org.uk.  There is a self referral form on their website. A link is available in the External links section on this page.

The service is open for drop-in callers on Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm, or by appointment on Thursdays 3.30 to 6pm.​