Support for carers
Aims to help people make the most out of life when they’re older. Their website includes information for carers, including rights, respite breaks and Carer’s Allowance.
0800 678 1174
Local information about care homes, advice and support for older people in Scotland.
0800 124 4222
Age Cymru (Wales)
Local information about care homes, advice and support for older people in Wales.
08000 223 444
Age Northern Ireland
Local information about care homes, advice and support for older people in Northern Ireland.
0808 808 7575
Children's charity that can offer support to young carers.
020 8550 8822
029 2049 3387
Barnardo's Northern Ireland
028 9067 2366
0131 446 7000
Provides expert advice, information and support for carers in the UK. Includes information for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – find via links on the homepage.
0808 808 7777
Care for the Family
Carers Direct (NHS)
Information about practical help, support and advice for carers available from the NHS and how to get it. Includes step-by-step guidance.
0300 123 1053
Carers – GOV.UK
Government information about your rights as a carer, including Carer’s Allowance.
Work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend. Includes information for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – find links on the homepage.
0300 772 9600
A Scottish charity founded to prevent cruelty to children and safeguard young people and families. Services include advice and support for prospective kinship carers. Web chat available.
0800 028 2233
Family Rights Group
A charity that can provide information or advice if you need to take care of someone else’s child.
0808 801 0366
Free service helping older people, their families and carers in England get the help or care they need to live as independently and comfortably as possible.
0800 377 7070
Champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives, especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. Local services in England and Wales.
0300 123 7015
Social network for informal online mentoring. You can search for mentors on health and wellbeing topics including diet, fitness and anxiety.
It's good to talk (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Find a private therapist or counsellor to talk to across the UK. Counselling rates depend on the therapist.
Kinship Care NI
This Northern Ireland charity for kinship carers has a helpline, and runs a drop-in service and support programme based in Derry.
0800 022 3129
NI Direct – Caring for someone
Advice on carers’ rights, benefits and respite care in Northern Ireland.
Royal Voluntary Service
Provides company and friendly social contact at home through befriending services in England, Scotland and Wales.
0845 608 0122*
Provides relationship support and counselling in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Counselling sessions are paid for – costs depend on the counsellor. There’s also a free telephone counselling service.
0300 100 1234
Relationship counselling in Scotland. Counselling session costs depend on the counsellor, some are offered free.
0845 119 2020*
Shared Care Scotland
*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.
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