Support for carers
In Barnsley, it's estimated that over 28,000 people are looking after and caring for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend.
What is a carer?
Many of the people we call carers, unpaid carers or sometimes informal carers. They would probably say that they're just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour. For some people, taking on a caring role can be sudden; someone in your family may have had an accident or a child is born with a disability. For others, caring duties can grow gradually over time. Your parents can't manage on their own any longer, your partner's or your child's mental or physical health gradually worsens.
The amount and type of support that carers provide varies greatly. It can range from a few hours a week. Such as picking up prescriptions and preparing meals, to providing emotional or personal care day and night.
Carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep. Or helping them to the loo, helping them move about or giving them their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.
Unpaid carers need to be recognised for the difficulties they experience. Respected for all they are doing, and provided with advice and support.
Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18. They look after someone in their family who has an illness or a disability. Or maybe is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. They take on tasks that would normally be done by an adult.
Some young carers undertake high levels of care; others carry out low levels of care frequently. Either can impact heavily on a child or young person. Usually children and young people don’t want to stop 'caring'. However they would welcome some extra support to manage the task of being a carer. To recognise this, it’s important that we provide support to our young carers. This helps them balance their caring with their rights to be children or young people.
Find out more about the support available for young carers.
A carer’s assessment is the way of working out if you're eligible for support from adult social care. Looking at your role as an unpaid carer . This would be in accordance with the Care Act. Find out more about having a carer's assessment.
Carer's one-off payment
Barnsley informal carers can access small one-off support payments of up to £300. This is to recognise their work, and to support them in their role as an informal carer. This is available only once annually following completion of a simple form.
Carers can use this payment in a variety of ways to support them in their caring role. This could include a short break, domestic items including washing machines, domestic help, travel costs/driving lessons, access to courses or materials to develop carer skills. Or for leisure to fund a hobby, short term care or sitting service.
For an informal carer to be eligible to request a carers support payment. Then the looked after person must either be in receipt of support from adult social care. Or likely to have eligible care and support needs in accordance with the Care Act criteria.
To apply for a one-off carer support payment please contact Barnsley Carers Service on (01226) 288772.
Carer support groups and organisations
There's lots of local and national support available to support you in your role as a carer. Find out about carer support groups and organisations.
Our carers' strategy
To make sure unpaid carers are supported. We worked together with unpaid carers and other key partners to produce our local Carers' Strategy. The strategy recognises the need to support carers. Also to enable carers to maintain a balance between their caring duties and a life outside their caring role. This helps to preserve their personal health and wellbeing.