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 nursing 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 work with you to identify areas you would like help with. We can also refer you to our Social Work team who can advise on any support you may be entitled to and your legal rights and protections.
We run a number of groups and sessions in our Spring Centre which may be of benefit to you as a carer. These include:
- Practical sessions such as our ‘Caring whilst your working’ course or First Aid course.
- Our monthly Carers Coffee morning giving a chance to meet others in a similar situation. Whilst no two situations are the same, meeting others with similar experiences and feelings can be reassuring.