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Support services for carers

Being a carer can be a lonely experience, but it doesn't need to be like that. Carer support groups are a good place to meet with other carers in Leeds who understand the pressures of being a carer. 

There are many support organisations for carers of people with a wide range of in Leeds.  They can help with

  • advice and information on the condition of the person being cared for,
  • support from other carers in a similar position,
  • events and social activities,
  • campaigning and advocacy,
  • advice on respite and taking a break from caring,
  • finding groups and organisations that can help the person being cared for,
  • just knowing that there are other people who know what it’s like to be a carer.
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There are downloads available below, listing groups and organisations that give support, in the following categories:

  • Black and minority ethnic carers
  • Dementia
  • HIV
  • Learning disability
  • Life threatening illness
  • Long term illness
  • Mental health illness
  • Physical disability
  • Sensory impairment
  • Substance dependency

You can also get support from Carers Leeds, or the national Carers UK organisation. Their websites are on the right of the page

There are five carers support services in Leeds.  The contact details are give below and links to their website are on the right of this page.

 Carers Leeds

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.  e: info@carersleeds.org.uk

  • There is a range of social activities
  • 12 carers support groups around the city which enables carers to have support from other carers
  • specialist support for family members affected by the substance misuse of others;  young adult carers aged 18-30years; carers of injured service personnel
  • A bi-monthly newsletter.
  • Carers support workers to advise and help with questions about financial and legal matters, health and social care services, getting respite and holiday breaks and more

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 carersteam.lypft@nhs.net

  • The Mental Health Carers Team provide carers groups around the city
  • Education and training sessions for carers on metal health topics
  • Support from a carers support worker
     

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.

  • Support from a carers support workers at home or in groups
  • Dementia cafes where carers and the person with dementia can socialise and get support each other and from health and social care professionals
  • Regular newsletter for carers and people with dementia

Older Carers of people with learning disabilities

AgeUk provide a support service for carers over the age of 65 years 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 LS1 8JA.  They can be contacted on Tel: 0113 2031104.

  • Support with financial, housing or social care problems from a carers support worker
  • Regular phone contacts with a keyworker
  • Support group and social activities
  • Regular newsletter

Young carers

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, Savile Mount, Leeds LS7 3HZ and can be contacted on Tel: 0113 2622851 or by email: willow.youngcarers@barnardos.org.uk

  • Support from a keyworker to address issues at home or at school
  • Awareness raising and training about young carer's issues with school staff
  • Group activities