Are you a carer?
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.
This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
Support and services
If you are a carer there are a variety of supports and services available.
If you are looking for information, advice, support, training or leisure and social activities, you can contact the East Ayrshire Carers Centre.
If you or the person you care for has a learning disability and you are looking for advice, support, activities and services available in your area, please contact one of our local area co-ordinators using the contact details below.
If you think you or the person you care for needs an advocate, please contact East Ayrshire Advocacy Services.
Digital resources for carers
Carers in East Ayrshire can access a range of digital resources from Carers UK, providing free advice and information that is available 24/7.
Visit Carers UK and create an account using your free access code: DGTL4112
Use this code to get free access to all the digital products and online resources, covering:
- health and wellbeing
- support for caring
- technology and caring
- financial planning
- working and skills
As a carer you are entitled to an assessment which looks at your needs and what supports you might require in order to continue providing care. You can complete a self assessment, get help via your local Carer’s Centre or make a referral to Social Work Services for an assessment of your needs.
Once your assessment is completed, some supports available to you may include respite care, practical help with caring or support with your finances. This is called a carer support plan.
Alternatively you may decide to receive payments for self-directed support (direct payments) which would mean receiving money from us to enable you to purchase support services to meet your assessed needs.
Carer’s Allowance can help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
Visit GOV.UK: Carer's Allowance to find out if you are eligible and apply online.
Find out more in our Carers Act Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 136Kb).
If you would like to be involved in, or have access to decision making on issues relating to carers, contact the Carers Forum through our Community Health Partnership (CHP) Facilitator.