Although caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, it can also at times be exhausting and stressful. It is so important to look after your own mental and physical health. Our Age Space guide to care for the carer gives more information on looking after yourself.
Support groups are a great way of meeting others in similar situations who understand. Across Berkshire there is a wealth of carer support groups; there is sure to be one to suit your needs.
Having time off from your caring duties is also important. This gives you time to take a break and relax, focusing on something else for a while. Please take a look at our guides to respite care in Berkshire and day care centres in Berkshire.
This guide will outline the carers assessment process and support groups available. Contact details are provided so that you can get in touch for local support today.
How to Book a Carer’s Assessment in Berkshire
A carer’s assessment is the councils way of establishing how they can support you in your caring role. The assessment will ask you questions around the following areas:
- The care you currently provide and the tasks you carry out (washing, dressing, medication etc.)
- The impact caring has on your life (relationships, health and time to yourself)
- How you feel about your caring role
- What would help you in your caring role
To arrange a carer’s assessment, please get in touch with the appropriate council using contact details below.
Bracknell Forest Borough Council
Online Enquiry Form
Telephone: 01344 351500
Reading Borough Council
In Reading, carers assessments usually take place at the same time the person you care for has a care needs assessment (add link).
However, if you prefer to have an individual assessment to assess your caring role, you can contact the Reading & West Berkshire Carers Hub on 0118 324 7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slough Borough Council
In Slough, three bodies can carry out carers assessments. The bodies work together to provide multifaceted advice on supporting the carer within the community.
Slough Carers Support: 01753 303428
Slough Borough Council Adult Social Care: 01753 475 111
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Community Mental Health Team: 01753 690950
West Berkshire District Council
Online Enquiry Form
Telephone: 01635 503050
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council
Carers assessments in Windsor and Maidenhead council are provided in partnership with Optalis.
Telephone: 01628 683 744
Online Enquiry Form
Wokingham District Council
Complete the carer’s self-assessment and send back to the postal address or email address provided.
Telephone: 0300 365 1234
Find Carer Support Groups in Berkshire:
Crossroads in Slough provide a range of services to support carers including clubs, respite care and emergency care planning. The charity pulls together a strong community of carers of all different kinds.
The charity ask that you fill in this enquiry form if you feel their services can help.
Telephone: 01753 525796
Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub
Run by the Carers’ Trust, the Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub provides free support and services to carers in the region. The overarching aim is to help make caring for a loved one easier.
The Hub provide support through personalised information, signposting to other organisation and carers support groups and breaks. Free health and well being memberships are also on offer. Support groups that the hub run are listed; to get in touch, please find contact details below.
Pangbourne Carers Group
- Where? Pangbourne Small Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7DY
- When? First Wednesday of the month, 12pm – 2pm
Reading Carers @ Caversham
- Where? Caversham Heights Methodist Church, 74 Highmoor Road, Reading RG4 7BG
- When? First Monday of the month, 11am – 12.30pm
Newbury Carers Support Group
- Where? Winchcombe Place, Maple Crescent, Newbury, RG14 1LN
- When? 4th Thursday of the month, 10am – 12pm
Whitley Wood Carers Group
- Where? Whitley Wood Community Centre, Swallowfield Drive, Reading RG2 8UH
- When? Last Tuesday of the month, 10am – 12pm
Cippenham Carers Group
A social group for carers offering the chance to socialise. Refreshments are provided and there is the opportunity to take part in seated exercises.
- Where? Cippenham Baptist Church, Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5QS
- When? 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1pm – 3pm