Where can I find support?

Although caring can be rewarding it can also be tiring and stressful and it can have a massive impact on all aspects of a carer’s life. Having the right information is vital to ensure carers are supported. Unpaid carers are entitled to emotional, practical, and financial support.

Carers Wakefield and District provide a wide range of practical local support to unpaid carers who live in the Wakefield district. This includes:

  • providing information and advice
  • signposting to other organisations
  • organising training sessions
  • delivering information events and activities for carers.
  • helping you connect with other carers who may be in a similar position
  • helping you access benefits and other financial support
  • social outings
  • supporting you whilst your loved one is in hospital
  • helping you if your loved one is in, or is thinking of becoming, resident in a care home/supported living

They also administer the My Time grant which enables carers to apply for up to £100 to have a break from their caring role.

Please see the details under 'Contact Us' for more information.

Connect to support

Connect to Support is Wakefield Council's website for carers and people who may need support with their care. You will find information to help you look after yourself or a loved one, stay independent and connect with others.

It is also a good idea to let your GP know that you care for someone, so that they can link you into a wide range of support.

Working and looking for work whilst caring for someone

Many people combine working and caring, but it can be a challenge. The care that’s needed, or your situation can change. So it’s useful to think ahead and understand the range of support available to you. Information about available support can be found here.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a newsletter for carers and individuals aged 55 and above.

It helps people to keep healthy and independent across the Wakefield district. Information includes:

  • where to get the right help
  • information on benefits and money matters
  • keeping healthy
  • connecting with others

Helping hands is distributed with the help of Carers Wakefield & District. DIAL and Age UK Wakefield District.

If you would like to receive a printed copy or discuss anything further about the newsletter, please contact helpinghands@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01924 304950.

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