Revised Carers Handbook Launched


Revised Carers Handbook LaunchedThe Western Trust has revised its Carers Handbook in conjunction with Carers Northern Ireland.  The handbook is a carer’s resource to health and wellbeing and how to access support.

The booklet contains valuable information for unpaid carers who look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.

The booklet includes information on how to keep well by ensuring a balanced diet and exercise. It refers to emotional health, sleep and back care, which are issues that carers often struggle to maintain in their lives.

The resource also provides information for carers on how to get help and support, including a guide to benefits, preparing for a Carers Assessment and using Direct Payments. The booklet contains useful contact information including carer support groups and voluntary sector organisations. 

Dr Anne Kilgallen, Western Trust Chief Executive who wrote the foreword for the handbook, said: “The contribution made by our unpaid carers is huge, but it is a role that is often taken on at short notice and without preparation, leaving carers to struggle maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

“The updated booklet will be free to carers, giving them access to a supportive resource which helps them to explore the services available to them and how to communicate effectively with other people to help support their needs – which will improve their own health and wellbeing and that of the person they care for.”

The Western Trust Carers Coordinator Cathy Magowan said: “We are delighted to work with Carers Northern Ireland on the production of this revised booklet which will be an important resource for our carers. We will be circulating the booklet in Trust facilities, GP Surgeries and community pharmacies across the Western Trust area.

Copies of the booklet are available from the Western Trust Carer Support Team:-

  • Omagh and Fermanagh area: Cathy Magowan, Western Trust Carers Coordinator, Carers Support Office, 2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen, BT74 7HG. Tel: 028 66 344163, email
  • Limavady, Derry and Strabane area: Geraldine McLaughlin, Carer Development Worker, Rossabbey Offices, Abbey Street, Londonderry. Tel: 028 7135 5023, email

The booklet is available in hard copy, in large print, and other languages from Carers NI 028 90 439843 and can be downloaded from the Western Trust website here.