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What is a Carer?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.

Emotional and practical support is available from any of the six carers centres across the county.

Our local carers service is Easington Carers and they offer support in the form of holding coffee mornings and organising trips to allow carers to have a break and meet other people to try to reduce the feeling of isolation. They also offer respite to try and give carers a break. Some of the ways in which they do this is by organising spa days, evening classes, gym memberships and helping carers to learn to drive. Easinton Carers also offers advice and support on welfare rights.

If you are not well and worried about leaving your loved one who you care for alone, Easington Carers can pair your loved one up with someone who shares the same interests as them to keep them company until you return home.

If you are in the Surgery please see our Carers Board for more information.

Being a Carer can often affect your own health so please let the surgery staff know if you are caring for someone.

Cares Direct Contact Details

Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Open Monday – Friday: 08:00am – 09:00pm
Weekends: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Free Phone
Easington District Carers: 0191 586 9134

Further information

For more informaton go to Durham County Carer Support:

Our phone number is: 0300 005 1213
Text 07624 818 403
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.dccarers.org