Care for the carer is imperative, as caring for someone can be tiring and stressful. Carers can sometimes focus so much on the needs of the person they are caring for that they can neglect their own health and well-being. In Hampshire, there are some great organisations and support groups who can provide extra support.
In addition to the support services listed below, check out Age Space’s advice and information on Respite Care in Hampshire.
A Carer's Assessment
Similar to a Care Needs Assessment, a Carer’s Assessment can supply you with advice and guide you towards local support groups. This helps you to look after yourself and to continue effectively providing care for your relative. It is an important step in acknowledging your role and finding good support.
To find more information on a Care Needs Assessment and the contact details to book one, you can follow the appropriate links below:
Find Carer Support Groups in Hampshire
Support groups can help you to connect with people who understand what you are going through. Take a look through the groups below to find one local to you and get in touch – support can make such a difference!
Carers in Southampton
Carers in Southampton is a free service in Southampton for adults who provide unpaid care to someone who needs support due to disability, illness or frailty.
Carers in Southampton is a service fully funded by the local authority in partnership with the NHS.
Carers in Southampton offer information and signposting, carers cards, statutory carers assessments and emergency plans. Carers assessments review your needs and those meeting criteria can receive a small direct payment to support wellbeing.
Their service can be used by any adult providing care and support to another adult (aged 18+) who is disabled, ill or elderly that lives in the local area served by Southampton City Council, to access carers assessments, carers cards, emergency plans and link workers.
Carers Together in Hampshire
Carers Together has provided a range of support and services for carers in Hampshire for over 20 years. It is a charity run by carers, for carers that offers support for unpaid carers living anywhere in Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth. Services include:
The Carers Active Listening Helpline is a helpline for carers who need to call and speak with someone in confidence about any caring issues they may have. Calling is free, confidential, supportive, non-judgemental and available 365 days a year. The helpline is open from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 8.00pm and on bank holidays and weekends, from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
- Helpline: 08000 323456
Portsmouth Carers Centre
Portsmouth Carers Centre aims to help all carers, regardless of who they support and why they need that support. The team start with a conversation to understand your situation and help you to work out what type of support would be most beneficial. Carers can gain access to information, advice and support to have a break, or just a listening ear.
Carers IW - Isle of Wight
The Carers IW team provide information, support and advocacy to carers on the Isle of Wight, or carers who care for someone who lives on the Isle of Wight. They offer a wide range of support services, based in Newport, including:
They also offer the opportunity to sign up to the Carers Register. This is kept by Carers IW so that they can consult you on future service developments, develop services to meet the needs of carers and make you feel part of a community.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire
A free newsletter is distributed to carers and professionals across Hampshire regularly – offering information, signposting, health and social care news as well as other information to carers.
They have a hub located in Farnborough to access their in-person support services.