Who cares for the carers? We do.
There are over 60,000 unpaid Carers in Somerset. If you regularly look after someone in an unpaid capacity, Somerset Carers can support you with advice and guidance.
The person you care for maybe your partner, parent, child, friend or neighbour – we are here to support you, the Carer, if you are over 18 years old, no matter how formal or informal your caring arrangement.
Increased support for Carers in Somerset
As a carer, in the past you may have been supported by one of our Carers Agents but you may also have received help from a Village Agent. We have listened to people who have told us that it is confusing having two different agents supporting one family and so we want to make it easier for you to get the help you need.
From September 2020 Carers Agents will be known as Village Agents.
This means a combined force of 55 Village Agents now support Carers in Somerset. During COVID we moved to a ‘whole family’ approach to working with clients – One Family: One Agent.
During the Coronavirus pandemic we changed our working practice so that all our Agents (Village & Carers) supported anyone who contacted us or who was referred to us with whatever they needed.
We know this new approach is working as we have been able to reach many more Carers – 7000 since March 2020!
You will continue to get the same support from the Village Agent – it may the same person you already know but it might be someone new.
If you have any queries about this, please call the Carers freephone number 0800 31 68 600.
How we help?
Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times. Somerset Carers support can
- Link you to groups & events in your area
- Help find information & support agencies to support you and the person you care for
- Provide emotional & practical support for you and your whole family
- Guidance with financial assistance, benefit entitlements
- Our Agents support local carers groups.
Have you seen our dedicated Carers website?
It’s packed full of the information you need when caring for someone in Somerset, live chat with a Carers Agent or find out what’s going on near you.