Carers' advice & support organisations
Many carers turn to family and friends for support and it is important that you don't feel you have to cope alone, as this can impact on your own health and wellbeing.
Speaking to family and friends can help them to understand the extent of your caring role. Many family members or friends may not realise the level of care you are providing; they may be embarrassed to ask you about being a carer, or they might worry that you will think they are interfering or suggesting you can't cope. This means it's sometimes a good idea for you to take the initiative and bring the subject up. It might feel difficult to talk about, but it's worth it.
However, you may feel that family and friends are not the best people for you to talk with about your caring role. Some carers prefer to talk to other carers who understand their situation, or you may prefer to talk to a professional counsellor. Choose whoever is best for you.
Talking things over will help you to make choices about how much caring you want to do and the support you need. And deciding what support you need can be the first step to finding it.
Where to get support and advice
You may want to meet up with other carers for activities, trips out and the chance to share your experiences with people who understand what a carer does. Or you may just want advice on your rights as a carer and where to get support. Whatever you want the following organisations should be able to help you:
Sutton Carers Centre provides information, advice and support services for adult carers, parent carers, family carers, young carers and carers of people with mental health conditions. Find out more about the support the Carers Centre can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8296 5611, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s Society Sutton provides information, advice and support for carers and people with dementia. Find out more about the support Alzheimer’s Society Sutton can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 1875
The Carers Forum meets quarterly at Sutton Civic Offices, and is an opportunity for carers to discuss the latest developments in carer support services in Sutton, and meet other unpaid carers from across the borough. Contact Sutton Carers Centre for information on future forum dates, and to book your place at the forum: 020 8296 5611, email@example.com.
Community Drug Service for South London (CDSSL) provides support for family members and carers of substance misusers. Find out more about the support CDSSL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8773 1881, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age UK Sutton provides information, advice and support to older people and their carers. Find out more about the support Age UK can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4090, contact details/form.
Sutton Centre for Independent Living (SCILL) provides information and advice for carers and the people they care for. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4065, email@example.com.
Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux provides information and advice around finances (including benefits, debt and other financial matters). Find out more about the support the Sutton CABx can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8405 3552, contact form.
Sutton Mental Health Foundation provides information, advice and support for people with mental health conditions and their carers. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch using the details below: Tel: 020 8770 0172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a regular programme of support groups and meetings for carers in Sutton – take a look at our page on local support groups for carers to find out more.
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend. It provides information, advice and support for carers. It also has a discussion forum where people can talk to others who know what they are going through, support each other, and share ideas.
Independent Age provides a guide called Carers: what support is available.
NHS Carers Direct is a support service for the five million people in England who look after someone else, with information covering all aspects of caring, including advice and support, benefits and local services.
Adfam provides publications and information about carers groups specifically for carers affected by substance misuse.
Families Anonymous is a world wide fellowship of relatives and friends of people involved in the abuse of mind-altering substances, or with related behavioural problems.