Durham County Carers
Durham County Carers offers a variety of different services to local carers.
|Emergency Support||All unpaid carers who care for adults are entitled to support in an emergency to help make sure the person they care for is safe and their needs are met|
|Young Carers Charter||Our Young Carers Neighbourhood Charter aims to ensure that young carers are identified and supported at the earliest opportunity. The Charter engages the local community to expand support and services for young carers across County Durham.|
Durham County Carers Support
Durham County Carers Support offers a variety of different services to local carers.
They can work with you to help you find the information you need to care for someone and can inform you about other services to help you look after yourself.
They can provide:
- Information and Advice
- Help with accessing and completing benefit and grant forms
- Carer Breaks
- Carer Support Groups
- A Chance to have your say
On this page you will find:
New Courses Announced
County Durham Care Academy have announced four new courses. Click on the link for full details including dates of courses and how
' Namaste ’ is an Indian greeting which means ‘to honour the spirit within’. The care programme is multi-dimensional, including physical, sensory and emotional elements. The purpose of Namaste Care is to give comfort and pleasure to people with advanced dementia through sensory stimulation, especially the use of touch.
The November Carers News is available here
Emergency support for unpaid carers
All unpaid carers who care for adults are entitled to support in an emergency to help make sure the person they care for is safe and their needs are met. To access emergency support the carer (or someone else on their behalf) should call Social Care Direct on 03000 267979. A duty officer will ask for details such as name, address and information about the person who is cared for. If no friends or family can assist in the emergency they will send a care assistant to provide care/support. This emergency support is provided by Supportive through the Short Term Assistance Service.
The County Durham and Darlington Carers card, developed in partnership with Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and NHS County Durham and Darlington recognises and rewards the support Carers provide to their neighbours, friends and family.
To receive discounts and concessions from businesses and organisations in the scheme, the Carer will need to produce their Carers card.
To apply for the card please contact Durham County Carers Support on 0300 005 1213 or use the ‘contact us’ page.
Young Carers Neighbourhood Charter
Every day children in the UK face the struggle of providing care and support to family members affected by physical or mental ill health; often with little or no support.
Our Young Carers Neighbourhood Charter aims to ensure that young carers are identified and supported at the earliest opportunity. The Charter engages the local community to expand support and services for young carers across County Durham.
What is a Young Carer?
- Young carers are children and young people who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or for someone who has an alcohol or drug problem.
- The person they help care for might be a parent, a sibling, a grandparent or other relative, or maybe a friend.
In County Durham, Family Action’s Young Carers service - known locally as “The Bridge” is taking the next step and reaching out to schools, organisations and communities through a “Young Carers Neighbourhood Charter” to increase their awareness and ability to support young carers.
Click here to download a pdf file entitled "Making a Difference for Young Carers".
Support was received through NHS England Community grant funding to develop a short film about work undertaken with healthcare services, and the impact this has had on young carers in the area.
More information can be found at www.family-action.org.uk or Durham Locate
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