Information on how carers can get help from the Carers Support Service, which carers can access support, help finding a carer support groups, support in an emergency and how to take short breaks.
A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally, or through a voluntary organisation. This care can be provided in the carers own home or somewhere else.
Caring for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.
The council is committed to improving support to carers through our Carers' Support Service.
If you need help coping with your caring responsibilities, we can find ways to help you through a carer's assessment.
We offer a number of services to eligible carers, including:
Please note: some services are only available to registered carers.
Generally, services are free for carers, but in some instances there may be a small charge.
If you are worried about the impact your caring duties are having on your health, the health trainer services could help you.
They can provide personal support and motivation to adults who wish to lead a healthier lifestyle. A health trainer will guide and support you with:
To access this service, contact the Carers' Support Service.
A carer’s assessment can be done to find out how your life is being affected by caring for someone and where you may need support from the council if you are found to be eligible.
A carer’s assessment covers:
You don’t need the permission of the person you care for to ask for an assessment.
To get an assessment contact the Carers' Support Service.
The carer’s assessment process involves the following steps:
The carer contacts the council by phone, email or in person (see contact details above) to request an assessment
A social care worker explains the assessment process. At this point you can choose your preferred method of assessment
The assessment is carried out by a social care worker who will then make a decision about whether you are eligible
You will then be notified of whether you are eligible. The social care worker will provide any advice and direct you to the support you need
If you are eligible you will need to complete a support plan to find out how best you can be supported and achieve any goals that were identified by the assessment
Roughly 8 weeks after the support plan was agreed it is reviewed to see if you are happy with how it is going and the plan can be amended if needed. Then once a year after that the support plan is reviewed again.
After you've completed the carer's assessment we will get in touch with you to discuss your circumstances as described in the information you have given to us and agree your assessment with you.
The information you have supplied will then be used by us to decide if you are eligible for support.
If you have not heard from us within 28 days please contact your social care worker or the carers support service by the methods below.
You can still have a carer's assessment and they will not need to be assessed.
A carer's assessment does not include a financial assessment, however you might be asked how caring is affecting your finances to help decide what support you may need.
You can choose to have a joint assessment with the person you care for or you can choose to be assessed separately.
You can request a carer’s assessment the following ways:
Connect to support - East Riding (external website)
(When you reach the Connect to support homepage, scroll down and click the 'Carers supported questionnaire' link).
Contact customer services - telephone: (01482) 393939.
Contact carers support service - telephone: (01482) 396500 / 0800 917 6844.
Visit our carers centre at 18 Wednesday Market, Beverley.
Carers assessments can be completed in the following ways:
Connect to support - East Riding (external website)
By request, telephone carers support on (01482) 396500.
Visit the carers centre at 18 Wednesday Market, Beverley (telephone to make an appointment) or request a home visit.
If you’re found to be eligible for support you may:
Yes. Depending on your personal circumstances, and the circumstances of the person you care for, you may be entitled to financial support from the government.
If you are aged over 16 and provide care to another person for at least 35 hours a week, you could be entitled to a carer’s allowance of £61.35 per week.
Find out if you’re eligible and how to make a claim by visiting the GOV.uk website:
Carer’s Allowance – GOV.uk website (external website)
If you care for someone for more than 20 hours a week, you could claim for Carer’s Credit from the government. This is a National Insurance credit that helps build your entitlement to the State Pension.
Find out if you’re eligible and how to make a claim by visiting the GOV.UK website:
Carer’s Credit – GOV.UK (external website)
If you are a carer providing support to someone you may be entitled to your own personal budget from the council. You will need to complete a carer's assessment to determine your eligibility.
Please note: you will have to be re-assessed each year to check your eligibility for this budget. Assessments can be organised through customer services (contact details below).
This can be used to help with your caring responsibilities and provide you with financial support to:
To complete a carer's assessment and determine your eligibility for a carer's personal budget:
Alternatively discuss this with your social care professional.
The different types of financial support described above are specific to the needs of carers
depending on your situation you may also be entitled to other benefits or financial support from the council. Find out more on the other benefits available in the housing benefit and council tax support section.
There are various support groups across the East Riding you can find these listed on the Connect to support website:
These groups offer an opportunity to talk to and get to know other carers in similar situations.
Carer support groups are available at the following locations:
The Carers Centre, 18 Wednesday Market, Beverley.
Applegarth Court, Applegarth Lane, Bridlington.
The Courtyard, Boothferry Road, Goole.
The Grange Primary Care Centre, Hull Road, Hessle.
Hornsea Cottage Hospital, Eastgate, Hornsea.
All Saints Church, Church Side, Market Weighton.
The Old Courthouse, George Street, Pocklington.
The Shores, 29-31 Seaside Road, Withernsea.
A Carer's Contact Card is an ID card that identifies you as a carer, and is carried at all times by the carer.
This card is used:
To get a card, you will need to contact the Carers' Support Service. They will organise an assessment with you and advise you of other services you could benefit from.
If you have a personal accident, the emergency services will look for a carers contact card on your person. If you are identified as a carer, the emergency services can locate the card and call the Lifeline service.
Lifeline will alert the emergency contacts and inform them that the person you look after is on their own and potentially needs their support.
Find out more about the Lifeline and telecare services on the staying safe at home page.
To arrange this service, please contact the Carers' Support Service.
Card holders are entitled to discounted access to some East Riding of Yorkshire Council venues and services, including Sewerby Hall, Burnby Hall and the land train at Bridlington.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens website (external website)
If in an emergency, you are not able to carry out your care duties, the Carers Emergency Cover Service can provide support.
What if I have a serious accident? If you are involved in an accident which means you are unable to organise emergency care cover, the Carers Contact Card could help keep those you care for safe. Find out more about using the Carer's Contact Card in an emergency.
If an emergency, such as a hospital admission or a family emergency means that you cannot look after the person you care for, this service delivers care to the person on your behalf for up to 48 hours (72 hours over a bank holiday weekend).
Need cover for longer than 48 hours? If the nature of the emergency means that you need to take a longer break, you will need to organise a short break either with the council or another organisation. Information on how to do this is available on the breaks for carers (respite care) page.
Please note: this service is available in emergencies only. For information on how you can take longer breaks from your care responsibilities, visit the breaks for carers (respite care) page.
A member of staff from community services will work with you to establish a contingency plan and complete risk assessments in the case of an emergency. This means that action can be taken to ensure the safety of the person cared for immediately in an emergency.
To organise this service, please contact the Carers' Support Service.
Yes. If you are a carer and you have had a carer's assessment, there are a number of discounted services you can access.
Not had an assessment? Please contact the Carers' Support Service.
Discounted services for carers are:
If you are a carer and you have received your carer's assessment, you are eligible for a Passport to Leisure card. This entitles you to 50% off the majority of services at your local leisure centre.
Please note: the induction for the gym will be charged at the concession rate if applicable, rather than the 50% off discount.
If you meet the requirements of the carer's assessment, you will be issued with a Passport to Leisure application form. You must complete the form and take it to your leisure centre where you will be assigned a Passport to Leisure swipe card.
For more information you can contact:
Yes - if you feel that you could benefit from taking a break from your care responsibilities, we can help you to organise some respite care so that you can have some time to yourself.
For more information on what services are available, please visit the breaks for carers (respite care) page.
Please note: if you require to take a break from your care duties in an emergency without notice, you can access our carers' emergency cover service.
You can contact the Carers Support Service for information on:
To make an enquiry about the services available, contact the Carers Support Service:
Tel: 0800 917 6844 (Freephone)
Website: Connect to support - East Riding (external website)
You can also visit our Carers Centre (no appointment necessary):
18 Wednesday Market, Beverley
Monday - Thursday 9.30 am - 4.30pm
Friday 9.30 - 4.00 pm.
We produce a quarterly newsletter, 'We Care', which provides up to date information on carer issues, news, articles, carer views and useful contact numbers. 'We Care' provides a voice for carers and ensures a focal point of contact for carer issues, including details of carer support sessions, relaxation activities and training courses for carers.
The two latest newsletters can be found here:
We Care Spring 2016 (pdf 950kb opens in new window)
We Care Winter 2015 (pdf 10mb opens in new window)
Tel: 0844 800 4361
Carers Trust (external website)
Tel: 0808 808 7777 (020 378 4999)
Carers UK (external website)
Tel: 0808 8020 202
Carers Direct - NHS (external website)
Tel: (01482) 869181
Tel: 0845 4647
Tel: (01482) 393939
Tel: (01377) 256264
Tel: 0800 055 6688
Job Centre Plus (external website)
Tel: 0800 882 200
Tel: 0800 99 1234
Tel: (01482) 393180
Tel: (01482) 211255
Tel: (01482) 679723
Tel: 08457 909090