Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

Here at the surgery we are trying to put together a register of all our patients who are caring for others. The reason for this is to identify carers, to enable us to ensure they are offered the help and advice that is available to assist and support them in their valuable caring role.

If you are a child or adult caring for someone at home or elsewhere who has a physical or mental illness, has learning difficulties, suffers alcohol or drug addiction problems or who is disabled, elderly or frail

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

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: 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



Forest of Dean Crossroads

The Forest Crossroads Care Scheme is part of a national organisation that provides help and support to carers across England, Scotland and Wales. Crossroads supports people who care for a person needing twenty four hour support and supervision at home, by providing an often much needed opportunity for a break.

Day Centres

Forest of Dean Crossroads offers two established day centres. One in Lydney operating on Mondays and Fridays and one in Cinderford operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Both centres offer substantial respite breaks for carers by catering for cared for with mild to moderate dementia. They are staffed by trained Carer Support Workers.

Forest of Dean Crossroads
The Old Coach House
Foundry Road
GL14 2JP

Tel no: (01594) 823 414

Carers Gloucestershire is a carer-led, voluntary organisation providing advice, information, support and advocacy to all carers in Gloucestershire. It aims to improve and enhance quality of life for carers. Information regarding and access to free training courses can be obtained by carers who register with this organisation.

Carers Gloucestershire
2nd Floor Messenger House
35 St Michaels Square

Tel no: (01452) 386 283
Fax no: (01452) 522 582

Gloucestershire Young Carers supports children and young adults aged 8-25 years across the county with their caring role, raising awareness of their needs and providing a network of support and social activities.

Gloucestershire Young Carers
7 Twigworth Court Business Centre

Tel no: (01452) 733 060

Carers UK are the voice of carers. This organisation aims to improve carers'lives by fighting for equality and recognition for carers. Carers UK campaigns for change and provides information and advice on carers'rights and how to get advice.

Carers UK
20 Great Dover Street

Tel no: (020) 7378 4999
Fax no: (020) 7378 9781

Carers line tel no: (0808) 808 7777

Finance and Law

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

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