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:
- A young person under 18 looking after a parent/brother/sister;
- Looking after a relative with a disability;
- The parent of a child with special needs;
- A friend or relative looking after an older person.
You do not have to be in receipt of Carers Allowance to be a carer. Some carers do not qualify for this benefit. For more information on Carers Allowance see the Carers Allowance Factsheet.
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. For more information see pages 19 – 21 of: Finding the Balance Promoting Positive Health.
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) 7128 2665
- Carers NI also provide advice and support via a helpline Tel: (028) 9043 9843
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:
Carer Support Co-ordinator
2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen
Co. Fermanagh BT74 7HG
T: 028 6634 4163
- DHSSPSNI: A - Z for Carers
- DHSSPSNI: Carers and Discharge - A carer’s guide to hospital discharge
- Carers NI - Carers Northern Ireland is part of Carers UK. It is a membership organisation run by carers, for carers across the whole of Northern Ireland.
- Lifeline helpline - 0808 808 8000
- Deaf / Hard of Hearing Carers Toolkit
- NI Direct - Caring for Someone details