Support for carers

Am I a carer?

You are a carer if you provide unpaid support to a family member, neighbour or friend. They could need support because they are ill, frail, disabled or have a mental health or substance misuse problem.

The support you provide could be: 

  • washing and dressing
  • shopping and food preparation
  • helping with laundry or housework
  • keeping someone company
  • helping someone take medication
  • emotional support or help managing difficult behaviour
  • keeping an 'eye' on someone to make sure they are safe. 

You are still a carer if you: 

  • don't live with the person you care for
  • are not the only person providing care to someone 
  • are caring for more than one person 
  • are not related to the person you care for.

Carers' information booklet.

Find out about our offer for carers in our Carers Strategy

How can I look after myself?

  • Try to stay healthy
    • Eat healthily
    • Get enough rest
    • Do regular physical activity
    • Look after your general health and wellbeing
  • Share your feelings with someone you trust
  • Learn a relaxation technique
  • Take a break
  • Make time for yourself
  • Try to be organised
  • Be realistic about what you can do
  • Make sure you have all the information you need
  • Information about medical treatment:
    • The person I am caring for wants me to know about their treatment
    • The person I am caring for is too unwell to make decisions, or may be too unwell to make them in the future
    • The person I am caring for does not want me to know about their treatment
  • Find positives in your relationship
  • Support the independence of the person you care for
  • Make a crisis plan

Support for carers

There is a variety of support available to help carers including:

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub provides a range of support and services for carers. If you contact the helpdesk on 0115 824 8824 you can speak to an experienced support worker who will provide a personalised service that meets your individual need. You can also email

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself - you can find out about support available in your community by using Nottinghamshire Help Yourself, which gives information about local organisations that provide a range of services.

Dementia Carer Net - if you are looking for advice, support or information about caring for someone with dementia.

Carers UK - find out more about self-help and tips for reducing stress: 

Read the Mind booklet 'How to cope as a carer' [PDF].

Help and support

Tell us about your situation and we can give you the advice, support or services that you need.

Help and support form 

Useful links

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