As a locally-registered charity, Carers Guernsey provides a range of services in Guernsey and Alderney, available to carers who may need regular or one-off support, free of charge.
Our Outreach support providers are able to visit carers and will work with them to create a tailor-made plan to provide support, whether this might be emotional or practical help or financial and allowances advice.
Carers Guernsey also runs the Carers’ Drop-in which takes place monthly, providing a relaxed, social atmosphere for carers to get together with those in similar situations.
We also connect Carers to others in a similar situation for peer support.
Providing emotional and practical support;
Ensuring carers have access to expert advice and information and support when and where they need it and in a way that works for them;
Giving carers a voice in matters that affect them;
Raising awareness, campaigning, advocating and representing carers' needs and rights.
We have two Outreach Support team members to support local Carers. One of our team will meet with you and the person you look after, to listen to what support you need and connect you to people and services who can help.
We will talk to you about what support will enable you to make things as good as they can be for you, covering things like:
How you feel
Your caring role
Your health and wellbeing
How you are managing at home
Whether you have time to yourself
We will then work with you to give you emotional and practical support and connect you to the support you need. For example, this may include; advising you on your eligibility and supporting you to apply for benefits, such as Severe Disability Benefit and Carers Allowance; supporting you to access services such as Occupational Therapy, Emergency Call Buttons, Meals on Wheels, Community Services, counselling etc. We can also put you in touch with other support groups or carers who are going through a similar experience to you.
We can also support you, if you feel you need it, with difficult decisions, such as whether it is time to consider residential care; and with difficult conversations with professionals and care providers if you do not feel your voice is being heard or you find this daunting.