Carers Information

Who is a Carer?

A carer is someone who regularly provides a substantial amount of care to a family member, friend or neighbour who is ill, disabled or is an older person.

A carer could be:

Download the Western Trust Carers Handbook (Polish Translation)

Download the Western Trust Carers Handbook (Mandarin Translation)

Carers Support Needs Assessment

As a carer who provides regular and substantial care, you are eligible for a support needs assessment. This is an opportunity for you to sit down with a member of staff and discuss the impact of the caring role on all aspects of your life.

Carer support needs assessments are confidential and the Trust will seek your consent around who information can be shared with, if appropriate in order to agree supports for you. This may be specialist information, or a referral to a support group.

The outcome of the assessment will be discussed to see if Social Services or another agency can meet your needs. Any needs that are not met will be recorded as evidence of services that we cannot provide.

Carers Personal Development Programmes

We regularly run personal development programmes for unpaid / informal carers - Click here to find out more...

Children With Disabilities and Their Families

A Project Team has been established to review the provision of residential short break provision for children with disabilities and their families. This Team want to keep children and young people, parents/carers, staff and members of the public informed of their work. Click here to find out more...

Carers Group Cash Grants 2015

Any Carers group that is constituted and meets on a regular basis (at least bi-monthly) can apply for up to £500 to spend before September 2015. The money can be used for any activities provide support for Carers that will benefit their health and well-being. The funding cannot be used for activities for the persons being cared for. Find out more...

Where to go for help, advice and information?

For help and advice about benefits:

  • Omagh Independent Advice Service
    Tel: (028) 8224 3252
  • Dove House Resource Centre, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7126 9327
  • The Resource Centre, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7135 2832
  • Churches Advice Centre, Spencer Rd, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7134 2536
  • Rosemount Community Resource Centre, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7128 2829
  • Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI)
    Tel: (028) 7776 5438
  • Citizens Advice Bureau:
    (Fermanagh)  Tel: (028) 6632 4334 
    (Londonderry)
    Tel: (028) 7136 2444
    (Strabane) Tel: (028) 7138 2665
  • Carers NI  also provide advice and support via a helpline Tel: (028) 9043 9843

Benefits Information

The criteria for Carers Allowance is that carers have to be caring for more than 35 hrs/week. Carers who care for more than 20 hrs in the week are entitled to claim Carers Credit, which means they will have credits allocated towards their pension. Carers who fall into the category of caring between 20 -34 hrs per week can Claim Carers credits by completing an application which can be accessed on the NI Direct website by clicking here or contact Carers Allowance Branch,  Belfast Tel:  (028) 9090 6186, and they will post a form out.

For more Information and Advice contact:

Cathy Magowan
Carer Support Co-ordinator  
2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen
Co. Fermanagh  BT74 7HG
T:
028 6634 4163
Cathy.Magowan@westerntrust.hscni.net 

Or view our Carers Support Team Contacts.

Useful links

Supporting Carers (with subtitles) from HSC Board on Vimeo.