Although caring for a person you are close to has many positives and can be very rewarding, it an also be a lot to take on. Caring can be tiring and stressful and it is so important to look after your own physical and mental well being. If you are feeling run down or exhausted, it is even harder to undertake care responsibilities. For breaks from caring duties, you may want to have a look at Respite Care in Surrey.
In Surrey around 10% of the population are carers meaning many local people are going through similar circumstances. This article will look at the organisations and support groups in place to help.
Please take a look at Age Space’s full Guide to Care for the Carer, for more information on taking care of yourself emotionally and financially.
A Carer’s Assessment
A carer’s assessment is the council’s way of working out how to support you in your role as a carer. In Surrey, this is carried out via an online self-assessment tool which looks into the impact caring responsibilities have on your life.
Some carers will be eligible for special support from the councils through paid services. All carers will be directed to information, advice, specialise charities and support groups. Please take a look at our guide to Carers’ Assessments in Surrey for more information.
Find Carer Support Groups in Surrey:
Support groups allow you to meet with other carers in similar situations who understand what you are going through. Support groups can be really beneficial to carers; your own needs and feelings can be recognised and understood. Please find local groups below alongside contact details.
Action for Carers Surrey
Action for Carers run regular support groups across Surrey: Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.
Most groups are open to all carers, but there are specialist groups too, e.g. for carers looking after someone with mental health issues. They’re open to anyone in a caring role – neighbours, children, partners etc.
Action for Carers also signpost to support groups outside of our organisation that provide support for specific conditions like Dementia Cafés or Parkinson’s support.
You can find a listing all support groups on the Action for Carers Events page – enter ‘Support Groups’ as the type of event you’re searching for. You can also filter by location and intended audience.
To attend a support group, you first have to register your details with Action for Carers. It is free, and quick and easy to sign up. You can find out more information using the contact details below.
Telephone: 0303 040 1234
East Surrey Carers’ Support Association (ESCSA)
The ESCSA are a Carers’ Support Team to support carers in the East Surrey region (Horley, Reigate, Redhill and Tandridge). The group is led by carers with a management committee made up of carers.
The ESCSA provide monthly support groups, social events and outings for carers. They also offer help with practical advice (e.g. navigating social care resources) and emotional support. The ESCSA aims to act in an unbiased, non-judgemental manner to help you make the best decision for yourself and the person you care for. Please get in touch today using the contact details below.
Telephone: 01883 745057
Alzheimer’s Society Carer Support
The Alzheimer’s Society provide specialised advice, information, advocacy and training to those caring for someone with Dementia. They offer a range of support to carers through: telephone calls, face-to-face meetings, local carers meetings, support groups and workshops. Search the website for local support by entering your postcode and filtering by ‘support in the community’.
For more information about local services please find the contact details for the Surrey office based in Addlestone below.
Telephone: 01932 855582