Being a Carer

Help and support available for people who care for someone

Carers are people who look after family, partners or friends who are ill, frail, have a disability or a mental health problem. They may be caring for another adult or be a parent of a disabled child. The care they provide is unpaid.

If someone relies on you for support on a regular basis, or is intending to rely on you, then you can access a range of services to support you in your role as a carer. Contact us if you would like an assessment of your needs. Depending on the outcome of your assessment services may be provided or arranged for the person you care for, with their consent, to help you in your caring role.

Take a Break

Short breaks and respite care give adults with learning or physical disabilities and older people the chance to enjoy new experiences and to make new friends. In turn this means carers receive a break from caring and time to recharge their batteries.

Contact Us

To contact the Council directly

Contact the Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 300 3333, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, or email 

If your query or concern is urgent and it is outside of these hours please call the Emergency Duty Team on 0115 876 1000.

Carers Federation

We commission Carers First to provide information and support to all unpaid adult carers who care for someone living in Nottingham City. The Support Workers at Carers First can provide emotional and practical support over the telephone, by email or in face to face meetings.

For more information see our Carers First Factsheet.

To contact Carers First you can use any of the details below:

Telephone: 0115 962 9310

Write to:
Carers Federation Ltd
Christopher Cargill House
21-23 Pelham Road

or download a referral form or visit our website

For information on the Mental Capacity Act see our Dept. of Health Carers Booklet

Where can I get help locally?

  • Headway - support after a brain injury. Website:, or call: 0115 967 9669
  • Age UK - direct services for older people. Website or call:0115 844 0011
  • Alzheimer's Society - Alzheimer's and Dementia. Website:, Tel: 0115 934 3800
  • Learning Disability Carers' Forum - Getting carers voices heard by the Council. Call: 0115 852 8000
  • Nottingham Deaf Society - wellbeing of deaf people. Website:, call: 0115 970 0516
  • Nottingham Mencap - learning disability help. Website, call: 0115 920 4433
  • Nottingham Respite Outreach - helping carers get rest or relief from caring for someone. Call: 0115 924 5887
  • Trent Crossroads - helps people make a life outside caring. Website, call: 0115 962 8920

Where can I get help nationally?

  • Carers UK - advice and support for carers. Website:, or call: 0808 808 7777 
  • Young Carers Initiative - help for young carers. Website:, or call: 01962 711511
  • Young Minds - helping teenagers with mental health. Website, or call: 020 7089 5050
  • Action for Young Carers - support for carers. Website:, call :0115 962 9310
  • Babble - online young carers community for friendship, support and advice. Website:
  • Arthritis Care - support for people with arthritis., or call: 0808 800 4050 
  • Contact A Family - supporting families of disabled children., call: 0808 808 3555
  • Depression Alliance - support with depression. Website:, call: 020 7207 3293
  • Bipolar UK - supporting people affected by Bipolar. Website:, or call: 020 7931 6480
  • MIND - helping people with mental ill health. Website:, or call: 0845 766 0163 
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society - treatment and care for MS., call: 0808 800 8000 
  • Rethink - help and support for people with a mental illness. Website:, or call: 020 8974 6814 
  • Parkinson's Disease Society - help with Parkinson's. Website:, or call: 0808 800 0303
  • Princess Royal Trust for Carers - Help for carers. Website:, or call: 020 7480 7788
  • SANE - helping people affected by mental illness. Website:, or call: 0845 767 8000
  • Motor Neurone Disease Association - help and advice. Website:, call: 0845 762 6262 

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