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.
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 to find out if you are eligible and apply online.
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.