Information for Carers


Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.

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?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

"Carers in the Ferry" - meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10.30 til 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)

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

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