Local support and services for carers

Who is a carer?

A carer is a person of any age - adult or child – who provides unpaid support to a friend or family member, who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.   The NHS provides a useful description of how to tell if you are a carer.

What rights do carers have?

Carers are entitled to receive a carer’s assessment, free of charge.  Following an assessment, if a carer has eligible needs the council has a duty to meet the needs that have been identified.  Find out more about carers’ assessments.

Camden children who are young carers

Children who provide care for a family member are young carers.  The family member may require care because of a physical illness or disability, mental health problem, sensory disability, learning difficulty or disability, or if they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. 

Support for Young Carers and their families is available from Family Action.

Family Action contact details

Tel: 020 7272 6933
Email: Hannah.witcomb@family-action.org.uk, or icyc@family-action.org.uk
Website: https://www.family-action.org.uk/
Address: Family Action, The Exchange, Watkinson Road, London, N7 8DE
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm

Carers of Camden people with learning disabilities

Centre 404 provide advice and support for carers of people with learning disabilities.

Centre 404 contact details

Tel: 020 7272 6933
Email: general@centre404.org.uk
Website: https://centre404.org.uk/
Address: 404 Camden Road, London, N7 0SJ
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm

Camden Carers Services

Camden Carers Service is a partnership of two local organisations - Camden Carers Centre and Centre 404. The service provides information, advice, activities and support for all carers over the age of 18 years who live, work or study within the London Borough of Camden.  The Service supports carers across all communities. 

For carers under the age of 18, please see the information further up this page.

Camden Carers Service offer a range of services including:

  • Advice and information
  • Advocacy
  • Specialist support services for Mental Health, Learning Disability, Dementia, Stroke
  • Help, support and assistance for Young Adult Carers aged 18-25
  • Carer health checks and activities
  • Carer wellbeing activities; walking groups, yoga, home-based personal training, nutritional advice
  • Counselling and bereavement support
  • Carer emergency breaks
  • Dementia day activities for carer and cared for e.g. guided walks, Remember together sessions
  • Carer support at discharge in UCH and Royal Free Hospitals
  • Supporting the carer led forum, Camden Carers Voice.

Camden Carers Service contact details

Tel: 020 7428 8950
Email: info@camdencarers.org.uk
Address: Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street, London, NW1 8HF
Website: https://www.camdencs.org.uk

National organisations

There is a range of additional information available about support for carers.

Carers UK is a national charity for carers and led by carers.  They provide advice, information and support, as well as carers’ support groups to connect you with other carers.

Carers Direct provide a telephone helpline and a webchat that are open seven days a week.

Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition of the challenges of unpaid caring.

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