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Caring for someone

If you are looking after someone because of their illness, disability or frailty, then you are a carer.

Caring for someone
Caring for someone

Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves.

Very often carers don’t view themselves as ‘carers’, but as parents, daughters, sons, wives, husbands or friends looking after their loved ones.

Whilst caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also impact on a person’s health, finances and relationships and we aim to support all carers in Buckinghamshire.

Carer's Assessment

As a carer you can get advice, support and help from the council and other organisations. A carer's assessment will find out what help you need.

Carers Bucks

Bucks County Council are fully committed to helping carers and invest a large amount of funding to support Carers Bucks, an independent charity that supports unpaid carers in the county.

Carers contacting Carers Bucks can speak to an experienced Support Worker in confidence. There is no charge for this service.

Carers Bucks web site

Contacting Carers Bucks

Tel: 0300 777 2722 (calls charged at local rate)


Carer's Allowance

You may be eligible for a carer's allowance.

Find out about Carer's Allowance at

When people can't make decisions for themselves

Legal information about Lasting Power of Attorney and the Mental Capacity Act

See our Legal Guidance for carers' page

Young carers

Young carers are:

  • 5-18 years old
  • Caring for a family member with a physical or mental illness, disability, drug or alcohol addiction.
  • The person cared for may be a parent, sibling or other relative living in the same household.

Contact Young Carers Bucks to find out how they can help and support you:

Young Carers Bucks web site

Young adult carers

When young carers transition to adulthood themselves, Carers Bucks can offer help and guidance to ensure they can have the same right to life choices as others through their 'Same Chances' programme and support groups. These provide support for carers aged 16-25.

There is no charge for this service.

Young adult carers web site

Other websites and organisations

Carers Direct helpline

You can call the Carers Direct helpline if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you.

Tel: 0300 123 1053

NHS Social care and charity helpline directory

Carers UK

Provide free expert advice, information and support.

Carer's UK

Tel: 0808 808 7777 assistance

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Credit

Help with moving from benefits to work

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a major new charity for, with and about carers. They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

Carer's Trust

One Recovery Bucks

One Recovery Bucks is led by Inclusion (NHS). It provides support & high-quality interventions to those 18+ affected by drugs and alcohol in Buckinghamshire.

One Recovery Bucks

Skills for Care

Skills for Care helps create a well-lead, skilled and valued workforce in Adult Social Care by providing tools to enable organisations and employers to recruit, develop, retain and lead their staff.

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