A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a friend, family member or neighbour who struggles to manage alone because of physical or mental health problems, physical or learning disability, frailty or because of drug and alcohol problems.
You may not recognise yourself as a carer. Caring can take a variety of forms, from preparing somebody’s meals, shopping, helping them get to appointments, bathing and dressing. It doesn’t have to mean 24 hour a day support.
You can get help, as you are entitled to a carers needs assessment. This means you get to speak to somebody about any help and support you may require. You can get support to look after your own health and wellbeing which is important if you have responsibility for looking after someone else.
There are organisations in Manchester that support carers:
Some groups specifically support the carers of people with mental health problems:
Admiral Nurse Team. Support groups for carers of people with dementia and other services contact: 0161 901 7411
Support groups for carers of people with dementia and other services
0161 342 0797
Connect Support. Support groups in Central Manchester and South Manchester for carers of people with mental health needs and other services.
Contact: John Mainwaring 01625 262 658
LMCP Care Link (formerly known as Longsight / Moss Side Community project.) LMCP Care Link have been working with and on behalf of carers of South Asian older persons since 1991 offering advice, support and a friendship network within the community of Longsight and Moss Side. For more information call 0161 226 4632
Manchester Carers Centre
0161 272 7270. Manchester Carers Centre, Vulcan Mill, 12-18 Pollard Street, Manchester, M4 7AN. Their site has a series of factsheets for carers of people with mental health problems which are useful.
Young Onset Dementia Service. Support group in Central Manchester for carers of people with young onset dementia (under 65). Contact: Chris Schofield. 07436034780