Around 10% of people in Cambridgeshire identify themselves as a carer when asked whether they provide any form help to another member of their family or community. No matter how much support you supply, having a good carer support network behind you is imperative to allow you to give the best care you can.
Organisations and charities exist throughout Cambridgeshire offering support services, coffee groups, advice and more for carers. On this page we have collected the best forms of carer support services available to you in Cambridgeshire and how a carer’s assessment can help you get help from the county council.
Additionally have a look at Age Space’s page on Respite Care options in Cambridgeshire.
Getting a Carer’s Assessment in Cambridgeshire
A Carer’s Assessment will help to find out what can make your role as a carer easier and how the county council can best fulfill these needs. It can be completed at the same time as a care assessment in Cambridgeshire. Getting a carer assessment is not dependent on whether or not the person you care is receiving support from the council or if they give their permission or not.
To get a carer assessment you must be:
- Over the age of 18
- Provide regular unpaid care for an adult who’s health or wellbeing would deteriorate without your support
If, following the result of a carer’s assessment, it is decided that you are eligible for further support from the council they will start on a support plan and talk you through the range of options now available to you, which might include a person budget strategy.
If you are not eligible the council will still write a support plan for you and direct you towards other sources of carer support in you area.
To find out more about carer’s assessments and to ask about receiving one visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website or use the contact details below.
Telephone: 0345 045 5202 (Mon to Fri, 8am – 6pm| Sat, 9am – 1pm)
Find Carer Support Groups and Services in Cambridgeshire
As a carer there are lots of support services and groups in Cambridgeshire to help you to not only fulfill your role but to take a break from it, and talk to others experiencing the same things. You can also use the National Care Line to get more support and information, and to be directed towards other carer support services (0800 0699 784).
Caring Together is Cambridgeshire’s charity for carers who look after their family members. They work with and without the council to provide support services throughout the county and in Norfolk.
They look after Cambridgeshire’s carers through a variety of services including Family Carers Hubs – face to face opportunities for carers to receive advice and support and to meet other people in similar positions. Their Listening Ear service (01480 499 090) allows carers to regularly talk to volunteers over the phone for a period up to 3 months. They are also able to connect you to carer support services and groups in your area
Their community hub, One Place, is based in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and is for carers of people in hospital or attending as outpatients. Its purpose is to provide support and information, connect you to carer services and ease the transition following discharge.
Visit the Caring Together Website
Telephone: 0345 241 0954
Alzheimer’s Society Carer Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Society puts on a series of sessions providing information about dementia and available loca support for carers of those with dementia. Find out more on their website or call the Cambridgeshire office at 01954 250 322.
Parkinson’s UK Support
If you look after someone with Parkinson’s disease, the charity Parkinson’s UK has a helpline (0808 800 0303) and local support groups across Cambridgeshire to help your role as a carer.
Visit the Parkinson’s UK website to find out more to search for services in your area.
Burwell carers is just for carers who live in around Burwell village, and offer events including film afternoons, carer’s lunches and more to provide an opportunity to take a moment off. The group is also able to share practical information to help make caring easier. The events happen fairly infrequently so visit the Burwell Carer’s website to find out when the next one is and for contact details.
CARESCO Carer Support Group
CARESCO is based in Sawtry and they run many groups for the community including food banks, charity shops and clubs. The Chatterbox club invites family carers to meet similar people and talk about anything they need to over a cup of coffee. The group meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Find out more on the CARESCO website.
Peterborough City Council
Carers are able to sign up to the Carers Register with the Adult Social Care branch of Peterborough City Council. Benefits include useful information about new and existing services, carer-related events and a bi-annual newsletter.
Sign up by emailing email@example.com or calling 01733 747474.