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.
The service is funded by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and is available to carers of people living in the Southern Trust area.
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.
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
Clare Forsythe, Newry & Mourne
Tel: 07702 819109