If you look after a relative, friend, partner, who because of illness or disability needs support and cannot manage without help then you are a carer. Many people find that at some point in their lives they are carers even though they are unpaid and have a job. There are over 70,000 unpaid carers in Leeds.
As a carer you have rights to an assessment of your needs, the right to receive direct payments and rights in the workplace.
We are committed to improving services for carers and have written a strategy and along with other organisations have produced a carer's charter. These documents state what you can expect from Leeds services if you are a carer and can be downloaded from this page in the documents section, along with the A to Z of health and social care services.
There are five carers support services in Leeds. The contact details are give below and the links to their websites are on the right of this page. Further details about how they can help are to be found on the related page Support services for carers.
This is the first point of contact information advice and a listening ear for all family carers. The service can be contacted by phone, email or home visit or by dropping in to the city centre base. Carers Leeds is based at: 6-8, The Headrow, Leeds LS2 6PT. Tel: 0113 2468338. You can find their email address on their website (link on the right).
The Mental Health Carers Support Service
This service provides information and support for family members caring for, or affected by the mental health problems of another person. They can provide advice and information about mental illness and treatments and provide short-term support to carers in critical or stressful situations. They can be contacted by phone on 0113 2954445 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Carers Support Service
Alzheimer's Leeds provide advice information and support to family carers of someone with dementia. They are based at Armley Grange, Armley Grange Drive, Leeds LS12 3QH. Tel: 0113 2311727.
Older Carers of people with learning disabilities
AgeUk provide a support service for carers over the age of 65years who are still caring for an adult with learning disabilities at home. The service keeps in touch with family carers and provides advice and practical help on any issue. The Older Carers Team are based in the City Centre cafe and resource base at the Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA. They can be contacted on Tel: 0113 389 3010.
The Willows Young Carers Support service (Barnardos Yorkshire) is for any young person aged 5-17 years who is looking after someone with a physical illness, disability or mental health problem or is affected by that person's care or health issues, including sibling young carers. They provide advice and help to ensure that the child or young person is able to enjoy and achieve all the educational and social goals and activities of normal childhood. They are based at The HOST Media Centre, Saville Mount, Leeds LS7 3HZ and can be contacted on 0113 2622851 or by email: email@example.com
Help in an emergency
It can be a great worry for someone who is caring for a person who is very dependant on them, about what would happen if an emergency situation meant that the carer could not continue to provide that care, for example because they were being admitted to hospital in an emergency. Another example might be that the carer is returning home in a car has a breakdown or road accident which delays their return. There is a special scheme called the Carers Emergency Plan Scheme which can replace the family carer for up to 48hrs. The service is provided by Housing21. To join the scheme telephone 0303 1231921. Or register on firstname.lastname@example.org