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Help for carers

Emotional support

Expert help is available for carers who are struggling emotionally with their caring role, feeling isolated and in need of a friend or needing support when dealing with health and care planning. 

  • Counselling – free specialist counselling with a trained volunteer counsellor to help deal with the low points of caring for another person.  
  • Befriending – volunteers keep in regular contact with carers by telephone as a way for carers to offload in a confidential conversation.
  • Peer support groups – we have a number of specialised groups for people in similar situations to share knowledge and support each other. Click here to find out more about the groups and dates
  • Face2Face –  a one to one parent(s) befriending service offering emotional support to parents whose children have been recognised as having a disability or special need, to help if you feel overwhelmed with issues relating to your child’s disability. The service is delivered by trained parent carer volunteers and supported by professionals working within a structured, quality scheme. FAQ's here


Coping with Caring - A facilitated group, where shared experience combines with individual reflection. A time for individual stories to be heard and respected as well as working together to identify effective and personalised strategies for coping. It is our aim to establish a safe environment where support and shared learning can develop our skills in self-awareness, self-care and self-compassion. The group aims to support and give recognition to the i in caring.  The group is facilitated by a counsellor.

If you think you would benefit from the above support, please speak to your Carer Support Officer at your next support plan meeting/review or ring the Information and Advice line for further information.


Face2Face Befriending FAQ's