A carer is a person who looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who is finding life difficult to manage without help. This may because of illness, disability or old age. The time spent caring ranges from a few hours per week to 24-hour attention

What problems does this bring the carer?

  • Lack of time for living their own lives
  • Competing demands of other responsibilities
  • Financial
  • Isolation
  • Stress
  • Resentment

Some or all of the following may be useful to contact:

  • Your G.P. (for help with those who are being cared for).
  • Durham and Chester le Street Carers Support. (tel: 0300 0051213).
  • A Social Worker for possible help with things like home help, meals on wheels and respite care.
  • A Welfare Rights Officer for advice about possible financial help

How can a carer help himself or herself?
In general, increasing the opportunities for self care.  This may take the following forms:

  • Sharing the caring, which makes time for the carer’s personal enjoyment.
  • Writing a ‘menu’ of enjoyable activities which the carer can choose from when the opportunity arises.
  • Eating well.
  • Suitable physical activity.
  • Learning to relax and rest.
  • Developing a support network based on friends and family as well as using any of the contacts below.

Useful sources of Information:

Carers UK,
20 Great Dover Street,

Carer’s line telephone: 0808 808 7777 (10.00 – 4.00p.m. weekdays)



Durham County Carers Support
Suite 3,  Avenue House,
Greenwell Road
Newton Aycliffe

Telephone: 0300 005 1213



Young Carers

Care and Support in Durham