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. Find the full Carers' Charter and Carer Commitment here.
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.
Discover local and national information, advice and support available to carers in Doncaster
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
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.
Call: 07864 075610
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).
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
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
Find out what support is available for carers who may be veterans, or for those caring for somebody who is a veteran.
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.
View the Long Term Plan to find out more about the commitments made by the NHS to support carers.
This document sets out a framework for improving how general practice can better identify and support carers of all ages.
Discover support and advice for carers of people living with dementia.
Working Carers Doncaster Council is working with Employers for Carers to help businesses and all organisations in Doncaster support carers in their workforces. You can access practical resources, advice and information online at efcdigital.org designed to help staff who are juggling work alongside caring for someone. Use our unique access code #EFC1849 to register.
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.
Skills for Care offers practical tools and support to help employers recruit, develop, lead, and retain adult social care staff.
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:
Call: 01302 736099
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
- To see a list of local groups and organisations providing support to carers click here.
- For an informal, face to face chat with a social care worker in your local area, visit one of our Community Conversation Points