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Support and advice for carers in Hammersmith and Fulham

Looking after an adult with a disability or health problems can be a tiring and stressful experience. The good news is that you don't need to struggle on alone - there are lots of organisations out there offering support to you as a carer, and you have legal rights which ensure that you will get the help you need.

Our section on Looking After Someone is full of information and advice to help you in your caring role, but on this page we have summarised the main things you need to know if you are a carer in Hammersmith & Fulham, including details of the organisations who can offer you help and advice.

Carers Network

The Carers Network are the first point of contact for adult carers living in Hammersmith & Fulham who need information or advice about being a carer.

You can also call their number to find out about being referred for a full carers' assessment to access regular packages of care such as respite breaks.

They have a good knowledge of carers' rights and services and where to get more specialist help if it is needed. They run many support groups and the drop-in information and advice groups.  They can also assist you to apply for one-off small grants to help you with your caring duties and to set up an emergency care plan.

They also have:

You can can see the full range of support available in your local area here.

Carers Network contact details

Tel: 020 8960 3033 
Emailcarers@carers-network.org.uk

A Carer's Assessment

If you are providing support to an adult with a disability or health problem you may well be entitled to complete a carer's assessment with your local council. This could pave the way for you to receive a wide range of support which will help you in your caring role.

Go to our page on Requesting a Carer Assessment to find out more.

Carer Personal Budgets

Following a carer's assessment you may be entitled to receive a Carer Personal Budget. This is a sum money which you can use to pay for support and activities which will help you to manage the demands of being a carer. 

Taking a break

Taking a short break from your caring role can allow you to recharge your batteries and focus a bit more on yourself. 

If the person you look after has completed an assessment with your local council you may be entitled to support in taking a break - take a look at our pages on respite support, and on short breaks to support the carers of people with learning disabilities.

Extra support at home

Sharing your caring role with others can help reduce the pressure on you. The person you are looking after may be entitled to support from the council following an assessment of their support needs.

Alternatively you may want to make your own arrangements.

However you arrange the additional support for the person you look after our following pages may be of particular interest to you:-

Emotional support for carers

Looking after another adult can be an extremely stressful and emotionally draining experience. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things over with someone outside of your circle family and friends.

Our page on Emotional Support For Carers gives details of some of the organisations out there who can offer you some emotional support.

And in our section on mental health you can find more information and advice on depression and anxiety.

Avoiding physical injury as a carer

Supporting someone who has a physical disability and, for example, struggles to stand up and move around independently, can be hazardous if you don't know the right techniques and don't have access to the right kinds of equipment.

Our page on Lifting and Handling gives advice to carers on how to look after someone safely, and on getting help if you have hurt yourself because of your caring role.

Benefits and financial advice

Looking after an adult with care needs can take a toll on your finances - perhaps you have had to give up paid employment to carry out your caring role, or are facing additional heating or other costs.

You may find it useful to look at our section on Carer Benefits, and at our bigger section on Money and Legal matters, which provides advice on all kinds of financial issues.

Balancing caring with work and education

Having a demanding caring role does not necessarily mean that you cannot take on paid employment, or return to the education system, and you have legal rights which will support you to do this.

Go to our page on Balancing Caring and Education to find out more.

Looking after someone with dementia

The Admiral Nurses provide information, practical advice and emotional support for people living in Hammersmith & Fulham who care for a relative or friend who has dementia.

Looking after a young adult

As children with disabilities and health problems grow towards adulthood there are special arrangements in place to ensure that they are properly supported in meeting the challenges of adult life.

Our page on Young People In Transition will tell you what to expect, and from there you can find out about the services offered by Hammersmith & Fulham to support young adults with disabilities and health problems, and their parents / carers.

Looking after someone with a drug and alcohol problem

The Recovery and Wellbeing Network run by Turning Point & Blenheim offer advice and support for substance misuse issues for anyone aged 18+
Contact them by phone or email.
Phone: 0330 303 8080
Email: recoveryandwellbeing@turning-point.co.uk

The Alcohol Service run by CGL offers advice and support for those with issues around alcohol misuse for anyone aged 18+ within the 3 boroughs.
GP's, family members, carers and friends, or any other agency such as Social Services can refer someone into the service.
Contact them by phone or email.
Phone: 0800 014 7440
Email: thealcoholservice.info@cgl.org.uk

CGL have websites for each borough, please click on the links below;

Support for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) carers

The BME Carers and Families Forum aims to: 

  • share ideas and information
  • discuss carers' rights and learn about local support and activities available to them
  • provide an opportunity for training and developing new skills
  • meet with people in similar situation;
  • enable carers to gain support from multi-lingual staff and volunteers. 

The forum is open to carers or those whose family uses care services, and is free to join for the residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham boroughs. 

For more information and to find out when the next forum takes place contact Idil at Midaye by phoning on tel 020 8969 7456 or 07818723789 or email idil@midaye.org.uk

Carers' support groups in Hammersmith & Fulham

Support groups for all carers

These informal groups give carers a chance to meet other people in similar situations, to talk about their experiences and alleviate some of the isolation felt by many carers. You do not need to make an appointment to attend and you can turn up on the day. Newcomers are welcome.

Monday (first and third Monday of month)

3.30-5.00pm St Matthews Church
(Corner of Rosebury Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road)
Wandsworth Bridge Road Fulham, London SW6 2TZ Bus: 295

Wednesdays

10.30am-12.30pm Percy Barton House
33-35 Dawes Road,  Fulham, London SW6 7DT Bus: 14, 28,211,295,391,414 and 424 Tube: Fulham Broadway

2.00-4.00pm Lala Brasserie 1 Blacks Road,  Hammersmith, London W6 9DT Tube: Hammersmith

Thursday (first and last Thursday of month)

10.00am-12.00pm The Library at The Bush Theatre 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8LJ
Bus: 283,260,607 Tube: Shepherds Bush Market Station

Drop-in services

There are weekly drop-in services where you can get one to one information and advice. No appointment is necessary.

Tuesday

2.30pm-3.00pm Grove Neighbourhood Centre 7 Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0DT
Bus: 27, 94, 190, 237, 266, 267, 391 and H91 Tube: Ravenscourt Park

Thursday

3.30pm-4.00pm Avonmore Library and Neighbourhood Centre 7 North End Crecent Upper floor  West Kensington, London W14 8TG Buses: 391 Overland Train: Kensington Olympia

Friday

11.00am-11.45am Bishop Creighton House
370-380 Lillie Road London SW6 7PH Bus:190,211,220, 295 Tube: Fulham Broadway

Support group for carers of people with learning disabilities

This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

12.30pm-2.30pm Carers Network Bishop Creighton House 370-380 Lillie Road London SW6 7PH
Bus:190,211,220, 295 Tube: Fulham Broadway

Support groups for carers of people with mental health needs

This support group meets twice monthly.

Second Thursday of the month

12.30pm-2.30pm Carers Network Bishop Creighton House 370-380 Lillie Road London SW6 7PH
Bus:190,211,220, 295 Tube: Fulham Broadway

Last Thursday of the month

5.30pm-7.30pm Carers Network Bishop Creighton House 370-380 Lillie Road London SW6 7PH
Bus:190,211,220, 295 Tube: Fulham Broadway

Ex-carers group

The ex-carers group meets on the first Tuesday of every month

11am - 1pm Bishop Creighton House
370-380 Lillie Road London SW6 7PH Bus:190, 211,220, 295 Tube: Fulham Broadway

Staying fit and healthy

Looking after someone can put a strain on your health - your opportunities for going out, being active and taking some exercise may be limited. And your health may be affected if you are tired, or if you are having to carry out difficult physical care tasks. And if you are not feeling at your best then the caring role can become even more challenging.

There is information and advice on trying to stay healthy throughout People First, and particularly in our section on Taking Care Of Yourself.

The Health Trainers scheme offers free health checks to people between 40 and 74, and can then give advice and support on living healthier lives.
If you want to arrange a health check then there are also various other options  - go to our page on NHS Health Checks to find out more.

If you want the opportunity to do some gentle, light exercise then our Events calendar is a good page to start.

And our section on Exercise and Sport gives details of local sports and other facilities.

The People First Events calendar

Give yourself a break from your caring role, get out and about and meet people, and join in all sorts of fun activities. Our Events calendar includes a wide range of activities and events, including many which are provided especially for local carers. 

The CEA Cinema card

The CEA Cinema Card allows people with a disability to obtain an additional free ticket so that a carer can go with them to the cinema.

Other information and advice

Hammersmith & Fulham have produced a leaflet called Carers and the Care Act.

Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend. They provide information, advice and support for carers. Their website also has a discussion forum where people can talk to others who know what they are going through, support each other, and share ideas.

The Independent Age website provides a guide called Carers: What Support Is Available (Guide 10).

NHS Carers Direct is a support service for the five million people in England who look after someone else, with information covering all aspects of caring, including advice and support, benefits and local services. 

Hammersmith and Fulham Mind offer information, advice and support for people with mental issues and their carers.

Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham offers advice and support to local older people and their carers.

The Citizens Advice Bureau in Hammersmith & Fulham offer practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.

The Money Advice Service offers free information and advice on a wide range of financial issues.

The Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) provide a database of qualified and approved financial advisors who specialise in giving advice on finances in later life, enabling you to plan ahead or to make the most of your money once you reach retirement and older age.

Adfam provides publications and information about carers' groups specifically for carers affected by substance misuse.

Families Anonymous is a world wide fellowship of relatives and friends of people involved in the abuse of mind-altering substances, or with related behavioural problems.