Carer support groups and organisations

Information about carer support groups and local support available.

Carer support groups

Carer support groups are usually small, with members meeting informally to discuss various topics.

The meetings can help carers: 

  • cope with caring responsibilities
  • meet, discuss and learn from other carers in similar situations
  • alleviate isolation
  • support each other
  • receive emotional and social support and information

Meetings are usually free but there can be a small charge for refreshments. If you feel you need one-to-one support, your local carers' centre or carers' resource should provide the information you need. Counselling support may be available through your GP.

Local carers' support services

Local carers' support services are organisations whose purpose is to give practical and emotional support to carers. There are two such providers for adult carers in North Yorkshire, operating from five main bases.

The local carers' support services cover Craven and Airedale; Hambleton and Richmondshire; Harrogate; Scarborough and Ryedale; and Selby.

Services offered by the local carers' support services include:

  • confidential information, advice, emotional support and representation
  • a carer assessment on behalf of North Yorkshire Council
  • benefits advice
  • regular information by way of circulars, bulletins or newsletters
  • referrals to other specialist support organisations
  • information sessions, courses and other related activities
  • help for carers who need support to continue working and caring

The local carers' support services also work in partnership with carers, carer groups and other organisations to improve services for carers and promote their interests.

Information about support for young carers can be found on our young carers - support and advice page.

Finding support from your local carers' support service

To find out what support is available, contact one of the carers' centres and carers' resources in North Yorkshire below.

Adult and young people - Carers' Resource

Website: Carers' Resource website 

Carer advice line. By calling our freephone number 0808 501 5939 you get straight through to a carer support worker who can help you then and there with your query. It’s a direct line to someone who knows about caring responsibilities and the support available both from Carers’ Resource and from other organisations and agencies.

The carer advice line is open between 10am and 4pm each day, Monday to Friday. Outside of those times and during office hours, or if all our on-call support workers are already on a call, you will be put through to our normal office line.


Unit 3
Grove Park Court
Grove Park Terrace

Phone: 01423 500555


Ronaldsway House
36 Brook Street
BD23 1PP

Phone: 01756 700888


Community House
Portholme Road

Phone: 0808 501 5939

Adults and young people - Carers Plus Yorkshire

Website: Carers Plus Yorkshire website 

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale office

Carers Plus Yorkshire
96 High Street
YO13 9AJ

Phone: 01723 850155

Hambleton and Richmondshire office

Carers Plus Yorkshire
2 Omega Business Village
Thurston Road

Phone: 01609 780872