A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness or disability cannot cope without their support.
If you are caring for someone, the Spring Centre and our team of community staff and volunteers are there to help you; assessing your needs, offering practical advice and helping you link up with other agencies that may provide support for you as a carer. We work closely with other agencies e.g: Age UK, Cross Roads, and Breakaway.As part of your assessment you may be asked to complete a Carers Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT).This helps us to identify with you issues you would like help with and is an on going process.
Social work team
Can help you access social care support including support for families, care at home and in the community, sign posting to financial and legal services.
Individual sessions and groups
There are numerous individual and group sessions available in the Spring Centre which may be of benefit to you as a carer. A few are described in this section but please see the Spring Centre calendar for further information on all the current sessions.
Carers Pampering Afternoon
This event is held in Carer’s week each June. You are welcome to bring the person you are caring for, or a friend or relative.
Caring whilst you're working
As a carer you are entitled to certain legal rights and protections at work. In these sessions we will provide practical guidance on the common issues faced by you and your rights as a carer in the workplace.
A monthly coffee morning meeting for carers.
An informal friendly group giving a chance for carers to get together for a cup of coffee. Whilst no two situations are the same, meeting others with similar experiences and feelings can be reassuring.
If you are caring for a patient or if you are a patient at home alone you might benefit from a visit from one of our skilled, trained volunteers. The visits are free, confidential and tailored to suit your specific needs.For the patient this could provide an opportunity to spend time with someone from outside their family or friends network.
Ten Top Tips
If you are a carer you may find these top tips useful: Ten Top Tips for Carers