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Carers information

Are you looking after someone? If so you could be a carer.

A carer is a person who provides or intends to provide unpaid, practical, physical and emotional support to relatives, friends or neighbours due to physical or mental illness, addiction, frailty or disability. This includes young people and parents. They do not need to live with the person to be their carer.

If this is you, you are not alone. There is help and support available for you and the person you look after.

Carers (Scotland) Act

From April 2018, the Carers (Scotland) Act aims to ensure carers and young carers know their rights and how to get the help and support they are entitled to. The overall aim of the Act is for carers to be supported to continue to care, for as long as they choose, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.

The Act also extends and enhances the rights of carers. There is now a Carers’ Charter that will let you know your rights as a carer.

The Coalition of Carers have worked with a variety of carers, carer organisations and health and social care staff to design leaflets for carers. They let you know about your new rights are within the Act and what to expect when:
•  you are considering a short break
•  you make an adult carer support plan
•  you make an emergency plan
•  the person you care for is being discharged from hospital
They can be downloaded from the Coalition of Carers website

Help and support that is available for you? 

Community support

There is dedicated carers’ support available for you, this includes: 

  • Practical information about services. Know what is available for you and the person you care for in your local area.
  • Access to training that will support you as a carer.
  • Financial support that may be available for you or for the person you look after.
  • Emotional support and a listening ear for you.
  •  Information about how to access short breaks from providing care. 

Contact us now for help and support

Carers Information Leaflet:

For services in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area you can download this flyer (pdf) which has contact details for all carer services available. The flyer is also available in other languages.

You can also drop in, call or email the Support & Information Service on the ground floor of the New Victoria Hospital, Stobhill Hospital and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.