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Across Wales there are thousands of people who care for someone who may be elderly, disabled or has a physical or mental health condition. This could be full-time or for just a few hours a week. If you are caring for someone this section is for you.
While caring for someone can be extremely rewarding it can take its toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. Prioritising someone else’s needs could result in neglecting your own. Carers also talk about feeling lonely and isolated, and unsure of where to turn to for help. Taking care of yourself and reaching out for support will help you to enjoy your life and continue caring for a loved one.
Self-help advice for your mental wellbeing
Looking after your own physical and mental wellbeing is important. There are simple things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Visit our ‘looking after yourself’ section for more information and advice on healthy eating and sleeping, if you are having trouble sleeping.
Try to set aside time for yourself every day. You could use this time to do something you enjoy. This may be going for a coffee or walk with a friend, time in the garden or an exercise class. Visit our “Five Ways to Wellbeing” section for more tips.
Learn new skills to help you manage any difficult feelings you may have, such as stress, anxiety, low mood. See our self-help courses below.
Register as a Carer with your GP. This will highlight to the surgery that you have caring responsibilities.
It can be helpful to be involved in discussions about the care and treatment being provided to the person you care for. You could discuss how they would feel about giving consent for your involvement in their care planning.
Contact your local social services to request a Carers Assessment. This is not to assess your ability to care, but what could support you in your caring role. They can also advise on whether you are entitled to Carers Allowance and support you in planning for an Emergency.
You are not alone in your caring role, even though Carers say it can sometimes feel that way. It may be helpful to get involved in activities going on in your local community, including support groups for Carers. Find out what’s going on in your area by visiting our ‘in your area’ page.
Talk to family and friends about how you are feeling, they may be able to help you with your caring responsibilities.
If you need information and advice for local services for carers such as hospital discharge, care planning and advocacy support contact the Carers Café project. See self-help resources below.
If you or someone you know need urgent help – go to our ‘urgent help’ page immediately.
For financial advice and support
Caring for someone can have a huge impact on finances, if you are struggling to manage look at our “money worries” page.
The Care Collective manage the Small Grants Scheme for Carers, information on the grants is in the section below in our self-help resources below. There are four grant funds available. The Small Grants Scheme for Carers, managed by the Care Collective includes:
Carers Essentials – maximum award £300
Carers Time Out – maximum award £500
Carers Access – maximum award £500
Carers Skills – maximum award £500
If you need further help
If the information, advice, resources and courses on this page have not been helpful and/or you think you need more help, there are many free services available.
For support with your caring role contact the Care Collective or Carers Wales. See details in our self-help resources below.
For support with your mental wellbeing, you can make an appointment with your Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) or GP. PWPs are NHS mental health practitioners who provide a free service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.
If you are under 18 or worried about someone aged under 18 and need urgent advice/self-referral to local mental health and wellbeing services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, contact SPACE-Wellbeing.
Or alternatively contact another approved helpline. Some services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Last updated: 27.07.2022
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The Care Collective
The Care Collective’s aim is that unpaid carers are looking after themselves, enjoying their lives, and achieving their goals, whilst helping a family member or friend to receive empowering care or support.
The Care Collective manage the Small Grants Scheme for Carers. This service is available within Gwent. (Blaenau-Gwent, Caerphilly, Newport, Monmouthshire and Torfaen).
Looking after someone can be tough, but you’re not on your own.
Carers UK is here to listen, to give you expert information and advice that’s tailored to your situation, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are. Our telephone helpline is available from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm.