Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know via the online form opposite.
They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999
Carers Support Groups
"Carers in the Ferry" - meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10.30 - 12.00 at The Haven, Burgess Road. This group is run by North West Carers.
VOCAL - (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) manages the CarersNet Edinburgh & Lothian website and works in partnership with Queensferry Care in the Community. VOCAL support carers in all family or relationship settings, be they defined by kinship, partnership, friendship, affection or obligation. Their services include information, advice and emotional support, training, advocacy, counselling and groupwork.
For support contact: 0131 622 6666 or contact Queensferry Care in the Community
VOCAL is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (late opening until 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday).
There is a wealth of information on NHS Scotland about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Finance and Law
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible