A carer is someone, who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.The term carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.
A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 carrying out significant caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person, which would normally be taken by an adult.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer, they are just looking after their mother, son, or best friend, just getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in the same situation.
Carers don’t choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it – if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
We are a registered charity whose purpose is to provide information, support and breaks for carers. We aim always to be flexible and helpful, rather than expect carers to fit in with us. Naturally, there are certain procedures we need to follow (mainly to ensure the quality of our service), but we don’t have rules for the sake of them. Because we are a charity, anyone who wishes to can apply to become a member of the organisation. Members will automatically receive an invitation to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a copy of our annual report.
Carers’ Support (Bexley) is a network member of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and is funded in part by the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Carers' Support (Bexley) is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and Wales number 3709684
and a Registered Charity number 1075801
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