Between 2001 and 2011, the number of unpaid carers grew by 600,000 with the largest increase being in those who provide fifty or more hours of care per week. This equates to 1.4 million people providing fifty or more hours of unpaid care per week.
Increasing hours of care often results in the general health of carers deteriorating incrementally. Unpaid carers who provide high levels of care for sick, or disabled relatives and friends, are more than twice as likely to suffer from poor health compared to people without caring responsibilities.
Carers make a major contribution to society. Estimates show that the care provided by friends and family members to ill, frail or disabled relatives is equivalent to £119 billion every year.
If you identify as a Carer you could be entitled to a Carers assessment and Carers allowance. You are also entitled to advice, information and support for your own needs as well as advice and information to support the person(s) you care for.
If you are an adult (18+) who identifies as a Carer please complete the registration form below, which will enable your carer status to be added to your clinical records at Beacon Medical Group. This form also allows you to request referral to the appropriate Carers organisation if consent is given, although you are able to self-refer to the appropriate Carers organisation for your area.
If you are under 18 and identify as a Carer and require support, please either contact the young carers organisations directly or talk with your college/school who can support you to access young carers support, equally you can discuss with your GP if needed.
Over 18s only
Caring for carers can support carers in the Plymouth area or carers outside the Plymouth area, but only if the cared for person lives in Plymouth
During Covid peer support groups are being offered digitally. Caring for Carers can also support with advice and guidance on how to use the technologyCaring for Carers Plymouth page Caring for Carers Plymouth page – pdf
Over 18s only
Devon Carers Planning for an emergency Alert Card Devon Carers – PDF
Barnado’s current referral process is via the Early Health Assessment Tool (EHAT) which is normally implemented through schools.
However, Barnado’s are happy to talk to young carers and/or parents but would ask during covid that contact is made via firstname.lastname@example.org leaving contact details, and a worker will call you back.
Ivybridge Young Carers Group
First Wednesday of the month
Ivybridge Methodist Church
Youth club sessions just for young carers of secondary school age. A time to have a break from your caring role and to meet with other young carers who understand that life can be more difficult than it is for others of your age.