A carer is somebody who provides unpaid support for someone living at home who couldn't manage without help because they are:
- have a disability
- misuse substances, or
- have a mental health condition.
We recognise the important role which carers take on when they look after a friend or relative, and we have a responsibility to ensure that carers are supported in that role and to have a life outside of this role.
How we can help
- breaks and respite services for carers
- additional help to support the carer in their caring role.
We offer to assess the needs of carers who are providing regular and substantial care.
The assessment provides you with the opportunity to talk about what will help you in your caring role as well as your own personal needs outside of caring.
These assessments can be done with the person who you are caring for or separately. A carer can also request an assessment even if the person they care for is refusing services.
Carer's Allowance is a taxable benefit to help you look after someone with substantial care needs. You don't have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for, but you do need to be aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for the person. If you receive Carer's Allowance it can affect your other benefits.
A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18, whose life is restricted because of the need to care for someone who is frail or ill, has a disability or mental health condition or is affected by substance misuse.
Many children and young people are carers, providing emotional or physical care for a family member.
If you are a young carer, download the Young Carers Plan - A guide for young people, to see how we can help.
Further information for young carers
- Wandsworth Young Carers Project: call 020 7228 2566, or email email@example.com
- Family Information Service: call 020 8871 7899
- Children's society
- Young carers
Adult Care Information Service
Department of Education and Social Services
Wandsworth High Street
Telephone: 020 8871 7707 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
Textphone: 020 8871 8485
Emergency out of hours: please contact the switchboard and ask for the emergency social worker: 020 8871 6000