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Caring for our carers

I care, you care

What does it mean to be a carer?

What is a carer?

A carer is anyone who cares for a family member or friend who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. The care they provide is unpaid.

Why use the term?

As a first step it is important that you recognise that you are a carer. Even though you will see yourself as a wife, husband, son, daughter, mother or father, you are still caring for someone.

Why it matters

By recognising you have a caring role, it can open up the doors to information, support and advice that can help. Caring for someone can affect your own health and wellbeing so getting help early is important. 

We're here to help

how we can assist you

Sharing information between all those involved in a person’s care and support can be extremely helpful to health professionals, carers and the cared for.

There is a lot of support available for carers both locally and nationally. We have pulled together a variety of useful resources you can access. 

We are committed to involving patients, families and carers in the continual improvement of the quality of the services we provide.

Support and guidance

read our helpful guides for carers

employment advice

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Good advice

Family circumstances mean that from an early age some children and young people provide regular care and support to another family member. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

suicide and self-harm prevention

We know that carers are fundamental to mental health care. We realise that caring might involve looking after someone one who may be at risk of self-harm or be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Read on to learn strategies for managing risks and concerns. 

Contact us

Contact us at this email address if you have an enquiry. Someone will get back to you with any help you may need.

Who to contact in an emergency

If you have a physical health emergency

  • Contact your GP.
  • Visit your local Minor injuries unit.
  • Call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice, but it’s not a life threatening situation.

If you have a mental health emergency

  • Call the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline if you need help with a mental health problem. This number replaces 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. For adults and older adults call 01865 904 997. For children and young people call 01865 904 998. In Swindon, Wiltshire and Banes call 111.
  • This is if you urgently need medical help or advice, but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
  • Call 999 if you think that your life, or that of another person, is at immediate risk.
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  • Prescribed app

This is a prescribed app. It should only be used alongside a face to face intervention provided by a mental health worker. Check with your local service to see if they subscribe to the app.