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I am a unpaid Carer for an Adult with Care and Support Needs

This section of the website is designed to assist adults caring for others with care and support needs.

Carers are people who look after relatives or friends who, because of an illness or disability, can’t manage their support needs without help. A carer could be a parent, child, partner, friend or neighbour and can be any age and come from any background or community. Being a carer can impact a person’s life in positive, rewarding ways, however, carers often need support themselves.

Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton.

Some of the ways they may be able to help you are listed below:

Carers Assessment+

A Carer’s Assessment looks at the different ways that your caring role affects your life. We look at how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and enable you to feel that you still have quality of life.

The assessment covers the impact of your caring role - how you are feeling about caring, your physical, mental and emotional health and how caring may affect your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships. As a carer your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is at the heart of this assessment - demonstrating the impact & need for services.

If you decline an assessment, you will still be able to access information and advice, including any in-house services we can offer, as well as any other support available from local organisations that may benefit you in your caring role.

If you would like to complete a Carer's Assessment, please contact Sefton Carers Centre via their contact page here or call 0151 288 6060.

Young Carers +

Do you look after your mum, dad, brother, sister or other relative because they are ill or have a disability?

Do you sometimes worry about them?

Do you ever feel alone?

Are you struggling a bit at school?

Do you feel like no one really understands?

If you are aged between 5 and 17 years of age and looking after someone in your family who couldn’t manage without you, then you are one of the 4,000 or more young carers that we estimate live in Sefton.

If you would like to talk to someone, please contact a member of the Sefton Young Carers team on 0151 288 6060.

Here are some of the ways Sefton Carers Centre can support you:

  • We will listen to you
  • Provide you with one to one support
  • Develop a personal support plan for you
  • Invite you to a weekly activity group and fun outings with other carers
  • Provide you with advice and information
  • Signpost you to other services
  • Support your mental health, and arrange counselling if appropriate
  • We may invite you to join us on one of our residential trips
  • We will improve your access to services
  • With your permission, we will talk to your school, college, doctor or to your social worker to arrange additional support.
  • We will support you as you move through school, to college, to university, or to employment or training.

In other words, Sefton Carers Centre will do whatever it can to support you and your family for as long as you need that support.

If you contact the Carer's Centre, they will arrange a time/place to meet up with you to discuss your needs and wishes. You are in control, and everything you share with us will be confidential (unless we believe you are at risk of harm). We will work with you to design a support plan to help you.

Transition to Adulthood

Approaching adulthood is a challenging time for all young people, with difficult issues to tackle and big decisions to make. For all young carers, the challenges of this transition can be even tougher.

The Sefton Young Carers transitions service begins before a young carer turns sixteen and aims to provide free personal support until the age of twenty-five. The service is all about you and how you can be supported to be successful in your future life. It is about you, by you and for you. Starting your own transitions journey means thinking about and talking about all aspects of your life, including education, training, careers, health, well-being, leisure, your caring role and the future. Once your journey begins, we will put in place support plans, and we will regularly review these to keep you moving forward.

Parent Carer Support+

Are you a Parent Carer living in Sefton who cares for a child who has a physical disability, learning disability or emotional/behavioural condition?
The Parent Carer Team can provide information, advice and guidance on services and support available to you. The Parent Carer Team are available to offer support to parent carers and their families by telephone on 0151 288 6060 or email: help@carers.sefton.gov.uk

For more information about Sefton Carers Centre and the range of support they offer please visit their website via Home (sefton-carers.org.uk)

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