If you care for a relative, neighbour or friend, there may be times when you need some help or advice, or just some support from others in the same situation as you.

Our carers’ lead is Jackie Fairman, who keeps information on local support groups and useful websites.  Do let her know that you are a carer and ask for her if you need anything.  If she is not on duty, any of our receptionists will happily offer you their help so don’t hesitate to ask.

 Useful websites:

Help and Care – the organisation for carers in Dorset.  They are currently running free, informal information workshops for carers.  Contact them on 0300 111 3303, email, or look on their website at

NHS Continuing Healthcare – you may be entitled to funding to pay for health care provided in any setting (at home, hospice or a care home) over an extended period of time to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.  (It is only provided where an individual requires long term healthcare and NOT for social or residential care.)

Carers Direct is the NHS website gives information on financial help, how to get a break from caring, going to work etc.   Call them on 0808 802 0202 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday or 11am to 4pm at weekends.

Carers UK is a charitable organisation which gives support, advice and information for carers.  Call them on 0808 808 7777 Wednesday  or Thursday 10 am – 12 noon or 2 – 4 pm.

Carers and disability benefits: includes information on Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance.


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