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Carers

Are you looking after someone? If so you could be a carer.

A carer is a person who provides or intends to provide unpaid, practical, physical and emotional support to relatives, friends or neighbours due to physical or mental illness, addiction, frailty or disability. This includes young people and parents. They do not need to live with the person to be their carer.

If this is you, you are not alone. There is help and support available for you and the person you look after. 

Cares (Scotland) Act

The Carers (Scotland) Act comes into place in April 2018. The Act will ensure carers and young carers are identified and supported so they can continue to care if they wish to do so. This will make sure carers know their rights and how to get help and support they are entitled to. Our NHS staff will provide you with much of the information you need to help you in your caring role.  

Help and support that is available for you? 

Community support

There is dedicated carers’ support available for you, this includes: 

  • Practical information about services. Know what is available for you and the person you care for in your local area.
  • Access to training that will support you as a carer.
  • Financial support that may be available for you or for the person you look after.
  • Emotional support and a listening ear for you.
  •  Information about how to access short breaks from providing care. 

Contact us now for help and support

For services in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area you can download this flyer (pdf) which has contact details for all carer services available.

You can also drop in, call or email the Support & Information Service on the ground floor of the New Victoria Hospital, Stobhill Hospital and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.