Advice and Support for Carers

Carers FIRST

It's estimated that there are over 145,000 people in Essex providing care for a relative or friend. Carers do an amazing job, and have a right to be supported. If you are a carer, you do not have to wait until you are struggling or facing a crisis before you ask for support.

Carers First work directly with and for unpaid carers to provide the personalised information, advice and support they need to help them in their caring role.

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 0300 303 1555

Website: www.carersfirst.org.uk

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.

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