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 be able to carry on providing care! It is an important step in acknowledging your role and finding good support.
To find more information on a Care Needs Assessment, and contact details to book one, please 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. Please find your local group below and get in touch today, support can make such a difference.
Carers in Southampton
Carers in Southampton is a free service for adults who provide unpaid care to a family member. They offer support, guidance, signposting, information and statutory carers assessments. Help and discussion is available around health conditions, respite, grants, mobility, day services and much more.
Telephone: 023 8058 2387
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:
- Benefits help and advice
- Community information cafes
- Romsey computer cafe
- Carer Cafes and Drop-ins (Southampton, Romsey and New Forest)
- Take A Break service
- New Forest Carers Friends
The Carers Active Listening Helpline is a helpline for carers who can phone and speak to 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 Monday – Friday 10.00am – 8.00pm, and bank holidays & weekends 10.00am – 4.30pm.
Helpline: 08000 323456
Telephone: 01794 519495
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 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 have a listening ear.
Telephone: 023 9285 1864
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:
- Respite Weekends for Carers
- One to One support
- Ring Round Support
- Carers Gym
- Self Care Cafe
- Support Groups
They also offer the sign up to the Carers Register . This 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.
Telephone: 01983 533173
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire
The Princess Royal Trust Hampshire is a network of carer hubs to provide support to those providing care. They focus on giving carers accurate and up-to-date information on anything from disability aids to emotional support. They run Alzheimer’s Cafes in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester.
A free newsletter is distributed to carers and professionals across Hampshire 3 times a year – offering information, signposting, health and social care news as well as other information to carers.
In Hampshire, there are 6 local hubs, each with their own meeting times and locations: