Are you caring for somebody?

Who is a Carer?

Anyone can become a carer. Carers can be any age from any background. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer as they feel it’s ‘what they do’. Carers may be looking after one or both parents, their child who has additional needs (who may now be an adult), a young carer looking after a sibling or family member. Carers can be supporting a friend or neighbour.

Examples of caring can be made up of a single or combination of the following;

  • Emotional support like listening and talking
  • Household chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing or shopping
  • Medical care such as helping with medicine dosages or delivery
  • Personal care like feeding, getting to the toilet, washing and dressing
  • Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home.

Doncaster Carers' Charter

Informal carers are vital to those they care for, and we recognise the need to ensure that carers know they are carers and can find the right support and guidance when they really need it. Key partners in Health and Social Care in Doncaster have signed our 'Carers' Charter' which is our commitment to supporting carers in our town. 

Doncaster Carers Charter
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Carers grants up to £300 available

Carers can apply for grants for equipment or repairs which will help them in their caring role, of up to £300 or for items to help alleviate the stress of being a carer.

Anyone who is a carer and aged 16 or over is able to apply. The grant may be used for household items, for example, beds, washing machines, cookers or essential household repairs, training courses, materials or IT equipment. 

For enquiries, please contact CCR on 01709 360272.

Carer Friendly Communities Map

The map below shows a growing database highlighting local businesses and organisations committed to supporting carers in Doncaster. This map is maintained by Doncaster Carers Service on AgeUK.org.

Local and national information, advice and support available to carers in Doncaster

General and Support

Making Space - Adult Carer Support (commissioned service) provider

Making Space support adult carers of adults. They can support people in a caring role, helping to enable carers to be connected in their community and give balance to aid people in their caring roles.

Call: 01302 986900

Email: DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk

For more information, visit the Making Space website 

Doncaster Parents Voice

The parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authority, education, health and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families. Accessible to parents or carers of a child/ren with any type of additional need or disability are welcome to join. Joining does not mean you have to commit lots of time, you can join and receive information only, and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace.

Tel: 07864 075610

For more information, visit the Doncaster Parents Voice website 

Carers Digital

If you are a working carer use the unique code DGTL1849 to access online support services, including information on health and wellbeing, carers rights and working and caring, as well as access to ‘Jointly’ (Carers UK’s care co-ordination app).

For more information, visit the Carers Digital website 

The Carers Trust

Visit the Carers Trust to find out about your other rights as a carer or what happens in other parts of the country, or to just make contact with carers across the UK.

For more information go to the Carers Trust website 

Carers UK

Visit Carers UK to find out about your other rights as a carer or what happens in other parts of the country, or to just make contact with carers across the UK.

For more information, go to the Carers UK website 

Support for the Armed Forces Community

Find out what support is available for carers who may be veterans, or for those caring for somebody who is a veteran.

For more information, go to Support for the Armed Forces Community

Health

NHS Choices

If you want more information about the illness or condition of the person you care for you should try NHS Choices for information that has been checked out and approved. Visit NHS Choices 

NHS Long Term Plan

View the Long Term Plan to find out more about the commitments made by the NHS to support carers. Visit NHS Long Term Plan

Supporting Carers in General Practice: A Framework of Quality Markers

This document sets out a framework for improving how general practice can better identify and support carers of all ages. For more information, visit the NHS Website 

Dementia Carer

Discover support and advice for carers of people living with dementia. Visit Dementia Carers 

Carers UK Digital Resource for Carers:

  • E-learning. You and Your Wellbeing This course is designed to help Carers build strategies to maintain your physical and emotional wellbeing whilst caring. This is broken down into short modules that explores topics like looking after yourself, resilience, mood, and loss.
  • E-learning. Nutation and Caring course aims to help Carers understand the role of nutrition both for themselves as well as the person they are looking after.

To complete these e-learning courses log in to the Carers Digital website Use our unique access code DGTL1849 to register.

Help and Support for Carers

Please watch the video on the Health and Care Videos website to find informative health and care videos that may help you find ways to look after yourself as a carer.

Employment and working carers

Employers for Carers

Working Carers Doncaster Council is working with Employers for Carers to help businesses and all organisations in Doncaster support carers in their workforces.

To access practical resources, advice and information online designed to help staff who are juggling work alongside caring for someone visit the Employers For Carers website. Use our unique access code #EFC1849 to register.

Tips for Supporting Working Carers

If you are an employer, we recommend you read the top tips for supporting working carers in collaboration with the ADASS Yorkshire & Humber and the North West regions, which highlights the business case for supporting working carers and the tips give practical suggestions which employers can put in place to make sure employees are well supported.

Find the documents on the ADASS website.

Skills for Care

Skills for Care offers practical tools and support to help employers recruit, develop, lead, and retain adult social care staff.

For more information, visit the Skills for Care website.

Adult Carers Training and Development 

Please visit the main Doncaster Council website - Carers Development page to find further information on what is available for you regarding training and development needs so you can be supported in your role.

Carers UK Digital Resource for Carers related Working and Skills (E-learning)

Working and Caring explores topics such as telling your employer and colleagues you are a Carer, your legal rights, flexible working and leave arrangements, as well as leaving and returning to work.

Learning 4 Living If  a lot of time caring for another person it can sometimes feel like you lose track of your own plan in life. This e-learning is designed to help Carers recognise skills gained through caring to help you apply those skills in relevant environments such as paid work or volunteering.

To complete these e-learning courses log in to the Carers Digital website Use our unique access code DGTL1849 to register.

Advance Doncaster Your Gateway to a more Fulfilling Career

Are you a carer and looking to start or transform your career in social care, are you looking to make a difference to others?  Regardless of your employment status, age or qualifications Advance Doncaster can offer 1-1 and ongoing support to achieve your goal and thrive in your chosen career.

Visit the Advance Doncaster website to find out more

The website also hosts job role prospectuses with a wide  variety of potential jobs and career options including Health and Social Care.

Young Carers

Young Carers Service

The Young Carers Service supports young carers to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age.

For information, advice and guidance:

Young Carers - Carers Trust

The Carers Trust offer a wealth of information and advice for Young Carers and those working with them on the Young Carers section of the Carers Trust website.

For more information visit the Carers Trust website

More information

For an informal, face to face chat with a social care worker in your local area, visit one of our Community Conversation Points