Carers Support Service Northern Ireland
Looking after someone in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area, Northern Ireland? Carers Trust Northern Ireland can help with advice on personal wellbeing, benefits and support, and can signpost for assistance with finance.
This service is funded by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and is only available to carers of people living in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area: Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon, and Newry and Mourne.
About our Carers Support Service
If you are looking after someone who wouldn’t be able to cope on their own our Carers Trust Carers Support Service can help you.
We offer a helpline and information service, training and social events. All our services are free and confidential and available to unpaid carers aged 18 and over who provide substantial and regular care for anyone with a disability, an illness or who is older or frail. This includes carers who receive carer’s allowance.
Our helpline and information service
Getting the right advice, support and information can help you in your caring role and make a big difference. To find out more, call our helpline and information service, or email us. Our friendly and qualified staff will be able to give information on:
- Support and choices available to you as a carer.
- Carer support assessments to help you get the right support.
- Training and social events for carers.
- How to access advice on benefits.
- The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s carer support services.
Whatever your caring situation, we can offer information and advice over the phone or by email which can help you manage your caring role. And if we can’t help, we can put you in touch with the service or support organisation that can.
And don’t worry if this is the first time you’ve asked for help, we’re here to help you take those first steps to getting the right support for you.
Training and social events for carers
Our regular training and social events across the Southern Trust area are free to carers. Our welcoming sessions are run by experienced staff and will:
- Help you develop your own caring skills, knowledge and expertise.
- Give you the chance to meet other carers in a relaxed environment.
- Support you to look after your own health and wellbeing.
Sessions are usually held in the daytime, however we can be flexible to meet carers’ needs.
Topics for the sessions will cover areas such as:
- The caring role
- How you feel
- Time for yourself
- Managing at home
Please contact us for details of upcoming events or to join our mailing list.
Family carers looking after someone living in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area
Join our virtual coffee morning every Wednesday morning via Zoom at 11am–11:30am.
Why not join for a bit of craic! We would love to hear from you and have a quick chat.
Please email Pauline Rice, if you would like to join in and we will email you the link and password.
Find out more by downloading our leaflet.
Call our helpline and information service, or email us.
Tel: 07826 930508
(Calls to a mobile phone from different operators and mobile providers may vary.)
Open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
If you can’t get through because our lines are busy or wish to call outside those hours, you can leave a message, we will call you back within one working day.
Or contact your local Outreach and Information Support Worker
Ruth Allen, Armagh & Dungannon
Tel: 07702 819112
Michelle Moult, Craigavon & Banbridge
Tel: 07702 819111
Lorraine Murphy, Newry & Mourne
Tel: 07702 819109
Do you care for someone with a Learning Disability in the Southern Trust Area?
To help put carers in touch with each other, there is a dedicated Facebook page which is being managed by carers in the Southern Trust area.
Or search Southern Trust Learning Disability Carers Forum on Facebook to access useful local information, activities and events.
Getting support if you care for someone who does not live in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area
See our information about how to get support if you care for someone who does not live in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area of Northern Ireland.