Volunteer services offer a great deal of support and practical assistance to carers and the person you care for. Every local authority will have a list of voluntary services available in its locality. These may include information and advice, transport to/from hospital, meals on wheels, social activities, counselling and emotional support.

 

Carers centres and other local carers organisations provide support and advice for carers, many are commissioned by local authorities and the type of support, activities and information they provide differs based on the local area.

 

Carers UK supports carers by providing listening support through an Adviceline, an online forum for carers to share their thoughts and experiences and an online mentoring program. The Carers UK website also provides a searchable feature for finding support available in your local area, including support provided by voluntary organisations.

 

Age UK provide a befriending service to combat isolation in later life, and their website is full of health and wellbeing initiatives for people to participate in.

 

Independent Age provide an Advice line service for older people and their carers.

 

Carers Trust provides 144 Carers Centres as part of their network. Their website also contains a searchable list of carers services.