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.

Every Carer has rights under the Carer Act 2014 and it can be useful to understand the support available to you. You can contact your local Council for more information and advice or your local Carer support organisation. If you live in the West Midlands, you can find a list of your local support here. 

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. Find out how we’re creating Carer Friendly Communities across the UK, places that understand and support Carers in your day-to-day life, here’. If you’re a Birmingham Carer looking for support, register with Birmingham Carers Hub for access to their full range of free services.’ 

‘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.