New To Caring

Becoming a carer for a close friend or relative can happen gradually, and be planned for over time, but it can also happen in the most unexpected of ways.

As a new carer, you’ve come to the right place.

Recognising that you are a carer is the first step to getting the support you need. It can be a lot to come to terms with, especially when it happens suddenly. Many people don’t consider themselves as ‘carers’ at all. Instead, they might just think they are doing what anyone would – helping a loved one in their time of need.

Our website covers everything you need to know in your new caring role:

In the Are You a Carer section, you can find out who is classed as a carer and see some of the many hats a carer can wear.

The Advice section covers useful information about caring for someone else, including coming home from hospital and caring safely, what it might mean to manage someone else’s affairs, emergency planning, and all things money.

Check out the Events and Groups section to find out about events taking place in your local area. There are a whole range of groups, activities, training sessions and wellbeing activities to provide you with that all important time for yourself, whatever your interests or background.

Starting caring for someone can be a monumental change in your life. We know you may be feeling worried or isolated. If you are feeling alone, remember there is a whole community of carers just like you out there, and the support you’re looking for is often right on your very doorstep.

Amongst the responsibilities you have as a carer, finding time for yourself is very important. Whether that means grabbing a couple of minutes to relax in your busy day, or being able to continue doing the things that you love. That’s what we’re here to help you with.

Take a look through the website for further information. And if you live in Birmingham don’t forget to Register with us so you can access the full range of support and services we offer to Birmingham carers.

‘Every day around six thousand people take on new caring responsibilities in the UK, many of whom never even considered that they would end up in a caring role. The reality is that one in eight of us will, at some point, be in a caring role just like you, and it’s really important that you receive the support that you need as early as you possibly can.’

Carers Club

Background

The main thing to know is that you are not alone. Over the next 5 years, it is predicted that over 10.6 million people will take on a new caring role in the UK.