Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
Contact Carers Direct
- 0808 802 0202
- Helpline Information
- Office Hours
- Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the under-65s
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.Benefits for the over-65s
Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
- Carer's Assement
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Local Carers Information:
Many people do not recognise themselves as Carers, but they give up their time and energy to help someone who may not otherwise be able to manage the tasks most of us manage as a matter of routine. The Carer may be someone looking after a friend or neighbour, perhaps helping with a weekly shop or a husband or wife looking after their partner who needs more hands on help in order to manage day to day activities.
Anybody can refer themselves to the service by calling on 0800 587 8191.
They will work with them to ensure that they are getting everything that they and their cared for are entitled to, for example disability benefits like Attendance Allowance or a Blue Badge. They can offer help with form filling, signpost to other agencies or offer community drop in's, whatever is needed for each individual situation wherever possible.
Do you look after someone? If you do, you could be a carer.
Kernow Carers Service is a service committed to supporting carers in Cornwall. Whether this is through face-to-face visits with Carer Support Workers or some advice and information, Kernow Carers Service is there to help.
For more information visit the Kernow Carers Service website or call the helpline on 0800 587 8191.
Kernow Carers Service - Support for those who care
Kernow Carers Service (KCS) provides information and support to help you in your caring role. This could include:
- advice and guidance offered through the helpline
- the opportunity to meet with a Carer Support Worker
- getting support for you and the person you care for (this could be via a carers assessment)
- information about benefits
- organising someone for you to keep in touch with and talk to
- helping you plan for the future
KCS also organises activities, forums and training with the addition of short breaks and school groups for young carers.
Who is this service for?
We support all informal and unpaid carers in Cornwall:
- young carers (under the age of 18)
- young adult carers (aged 16 – 25)
- adult carers (aged over 25 years)
Who is KCS?
The service is being delivered jointly by Action for Children, Cornwall Rural Community Charity and the Family Information Service.
This partnership saw the merger of what was Kernow Young Carers and Cornwall Carers to form one service.