Do you look after a family member or a friend?
If you regularly provide unpaid care for a friend or family member you may be a carer. More than one person in ten is a carer – there are around 84,000 carers in Devon.
‘Carers are people of any age who provide 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.’
As a carer you can access services and support provided through Devon Carers, a service run by eight local organisations working together to provide help and information.
If the person you are caring for is receiving services from Devon County Council or NHS Devon, tell the professional working with them that you are a carer. You may be entitled to an assessment to receive support and services in your own right. You can also call Care Direct on 0845 1551 007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and talk to an adviser about support for carers.
Take a Break scheme
The Take a Break is a scheme run by Devon Carers and subsidised by Devon County Council and the NHS. It can give you flexible breaks, daytime or evening, from your caring responsibilities. For more details, including eligibility information, see our Take a Break scheme for carers factsheet.
Our carers’ strategy
Our Devon Carers Strategy is written with carers across Devon to make sure that we are planning appropriate services and support, and to ensure that you have a say in the support you receive.