Carer support groups and organisations
Social care services and the five carers' centres and carers' resources in North Yorkshire can provide you with local and national information on support groups.
Carer support groups are usually small groups of carers who meet informally to help carers to:
- cope with caring responsibilities;
- meet, discuss and learn from other carers in similar situations;
- alleviate some of the isolation felt by many carers;
- have an opportunity to support each other; and
- receive emotional, social and information support, if needed
Joining and attending a carer support group is usually free but there can sometimes be a small charge for refreshments.
If you feel you need one-to-one support, rather than support as part of a group then your local carers' centre or carers' resource should be able to provide relevant information. You may also be able to access counselling support through your local doctor or GP practice.
Finding support in your area
To find out what support is available in your area, you should contact one of the five carers' centres and carers' resources in North Yorkshire. They cover Hambleton and Richmondshire; Harrogate; Craven and Airedale; Scarborough and Ryedale; and Selby.
See our carers section for more information and advice about carers and caring. Alternatively, you can also contact the customer services centre to discuss your situation and the options available.
Related information from NHS Choices
The Carers Directsection from NHS Choices provides information, advice and support for carers.
Carers Direct - practical guide to caring
You can find information about caring issues on The practical guide to caringpage in the Carers Direct section of NHS Choices. There is a wide range of information available, such as your rights as a carer; carer assessments; practical support; different types of caring; parent caring; end of life issues; mental health support; vulnerable people; and more.
Carers Direct - jargon buster
Sometimes it can be difficult to process the information you are given because you don't understand the words being used or how the health and social care systems work. The Jargon busterpage from the Carers Direct section of NHS Choices features an A-Z list of common terms that carers may come across. It could help you to absorb some of the information that you have been told by health or social care professionals, or that you have found elsewhere.
Carer support groups and organisations - frequently asked questions