In this section of the site you will find services, organisations and events that can help support you in your caring role; whether you are a young or adult carer.
Many unpaid carers are unaware of the help they can get because they don't recognise themselves as being carers, as they look after a family member or friend. Caring for somebody can be a full-time occupation and may lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Taking steps to be involved in the caring community can help combat this.
In this section of the site, you will find a variety of services available for you.
- Carer focused courses and training opportunities (some of which are free!)
- Organisations that can support you, as you or your cared for age
- Wellbeing related services to help you be happy and healthy, essential when caring for others
You will also find organisations that offer local support to carers, such as
- Community drop-in sessions
- Free and subsidised events for carers, like workshops and creative activities
- Support networks specifically for carers
Emergency Carers Card Scheme (18+)
The Emergency Carers Card Scheme is for carers who are concerned about what would happen if they were taken ill, in an accident or if another emergency stopped them from getting to the person they care for. The scheme gives peace of mind that, should something happen to prevent you from providing care, the person you care for will not be left without support. This enables the person you care for to receive the care they need whilst remaining in their own home until the emergency is over or until other arrangements can be made.
Cornwall's Carers Register
If you provide care and support to a friend or family member who lives in Cornwall, you can join our local Carers Register. You can register regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your own level of need for support. You do not have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to register. By registering your details, we will keep you up to date with the latest news and developments for carers. Also, the information you provide about yourself and the person you care for helps us better understand the needs of our local caring community and shapes how we support carers in the future.
If the person you care for is aged under 25, you can find all the services and organisations offering support in our SEND Local Offer. You can search by subject, selecting the relevant icons from the homepage, or alternatively search by Medical Condition.
If the person you care for is over 25, you can find all services and support under the Adult section of our website. You can see support based on their diagnosis, find activities that are supported as well as view details of organisations that can offer support at home.