A carer is someone who looks after a friend or relative who couldn't manage at home without their help and is not paid for doing so........
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. A carer may also be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age, including children.
There are around 13,000 carers in the borough of Kingston. Carers may not recognise themselves as carers and therefore not seek help and support.
The Royal Borough of Kingston provide a number of support services to local carers. For more information and advice about local resources and support for carers, click on the link to the Carers Pages of the council website.
You may also like to seek advice and support from Kingston Carer's Network, an independent voluntary sector chaity based locally in Kingston. More information about them and their contact details can be found below.
You can also speak to one of the doctors here at the surgery and they can make a referral on your behalf to Kingston Carer's Network. You can read more about them in their new leaflet which can be found by clicking here.
Make good use of Kingston Carers’ Network (KCN)
If you, or people you know, are caring for someone in the borough, register with KCN who are the leading, local voluntary organisation providing:
- Information and advice
- One to one support
- Peer support groups
- Outings and activities
- Range of therapies and treatments
- Out of hours Legal advice
- And more!
To register or refer a carer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring them on 020 3031 2757. Click on the link to KCN for more information.
* The Voice of Carers in Kingston *
A forum for all family and friends caring for someone in the borough
The forum aims to enable carers to have a stronger voice in shaping and developing local services and support for them and the people they care for. Anyone caring for a relative or friend in the borough is welcome to come along to find what other carers feel are the priorities and to have their say. We would ask that you tell carers about the forum and encourage them to join in and help shape change…
For details of the dates of the forum or to find out more, either click here or contact the Director of Kingston Carer's by email - email@example.com.
If you are a carer and would like to receive information electronically, please contact Kirstie Cochrane, Carer's Development Officer on the details listed below.
You can also access up to date information on the Council's Carer's Services webpage .
Carers' Development Officer
020 8547 6124
Visit our website at http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200256/carers
For information on benefits that you may be entitled to as a carer, please visit http://www.carersuk.org