Carers’ information, support and counselling in Somerset

Carers information, support and counselling

There’s a list of information sheets for carers on the Somerset County Council website.

These can be viewed online, saved or printed. They explain:

  • who a carer is
  • some of the things that are involved in being a carer
  • advice about what support is available
  • services the council might provide for carers in Somerset

If you would like the council to send you copies of these publications, call: 0300 123 2224.

Training opportunities for carers in Somerset

There are many learning and training opportunities available to carers in Somerset. These can be designed to help with the caring situation, for example, basic first aid, maintaining personal wellbeing, and other opportunities that offer personal development.

Phone the council on: 0300 123 2224 to find out more.

Supporting someone with a mental health condition

Carers assessment workers are based in community mental health teams. They specialise in assessing the needs of carers who care for someone with mental health issues and can advise carers about:

  • inpatient services
  • outpatient services
  • day services
  • residential care and short breaks
  • contacting social workers and community psychiatric nurses

Carers’ champions

Most GP surgeries in Somerset have a carers’ champion who can add you to the Carers Register.

This can help by:

  • alerting a GP that you are a carer when you attend an appointment
  • helping you access preferential appointment times
  • helping you access carer health checks

The carers’ champion can provide information about where to go to find out more about carers’ services.

Breaks for carers

There are different ways of getting a break from caring in Somerset, anything from a few hours to a few weeks.

Contact the carers’ support service in Somerset for the most up-to-date information. Carers UK can provide advice for carers.