Caring for our carers

I care, you care

Support for carers

Getting the help you may need

As a carer, looking after your own needs, health and wellbeing is important. Carers organisations aim to make it easier for carers to cope by providing information, support and practical help. Support available includes:

  • Befriending Services
  • Carer Support Groups
  • Training opportunities
  • Health and wellbeing course
  • Advice on benefits and entitlements
  • A carers assessment
Photo of a carer supporting their companion.

Family and Carer befriending line

Need someone to talk to? Need a friendly ear to listen to you?

Photo of a carer using their phone to seek help.If the impact of the pandemic has made you feel even more isolated and alone, with little or no contact with others, then a friendly chat with one of our befrienders may help to brighten your day.

You may also want to find out about other help and support that is available to you.

Call our dedicated phone line on 01865 901 012 anytime one of our befrienders will call you back between 11.00am and 12.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Local carers groups organisations

Oxfordshire

Buckinghamshire

Swindon

Wiltshire

Local support organisations

Dementia Oxfordshire

Rethink Mental Illness – Oxford Carers Support Service

Prevention Matters – Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN)

Supporting families of people with learning disabilities, both children and adults, with independent information, advice & training.

In-house groups

Due to Covid-19, some of our face to face groups have been postponed. 
Please check with the service to find out if alternative arrangements have been put in place.

Buckinghamshire

Adults & Older Adults Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Oxfordshire

Adults & Older Adults Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Family information services

Bucks Family Information Service

Free, impartial information for families with children 0-19 years (or up to 25 years with SEND), and for young people and professionals

Oxfordshire Family Information Service

Oxfordshire Family Information Service provide free information and support for children, young people and families in Oxfordshire.

Recovery colleges

Recovery colleges provide free educational courses which can help someone understand their experiences, manage recovery, and also support someone else in their journey. They are available for service users, ex-service users and  family, friends and carers.

Courses can help carers build upon their skills, resilience and confidence. Carers often experience a sense of isolation and lose their personal identity, becoming a student can help break this pattern. Allowing yourself to have some “Me” time and learning something new can be really rewarding.

Buckinghamshire Recovery College

Oxfordshire Recovery College

Talking therapies

Healthy Minds Bucks

Healthy Minds is a service for any person experiencing anxiety, depression or stress and who is registered with an NHS Buckinghamshire GP.

TalkingSpace Plus (Oxfordshire)

Talking Space offer a range of free talking therapies to all people across Oxfordshire. They are part of the NHS and offer services to patients registered with an NHS Oxfordshire GP.

National organisations

Age UK

Providing help, information and advice to older people.

Alzheimer's Society

Caring for someone affected by dementia.

Carers UK

Offers expert advice, information and support.

Young Minds

Support for parents who are worried about their child or young person’s mental health. They offer a parent helpline, parent survival guide and parent A-Z guide to support.