Support for carers

Support for carers

A family 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.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, there is support out there, which can be extremely beneficial for your health and wellbeing.

Carers benefits

Councils offer several benefits and services to make life easier for these people. They are often called ‘carer benefits.’  Find out what you are entitled to by having a carer’s assessment.

Carers First

Carers First is your first point of contact for information, advice and guidance. They can offer emotional as well as practical support. They provide support services to unpaid carers in the Essex area. They can help you navigate available support services and introduce you to support networks.You can fill out your details on the online form and someone from their team will aim to contact you within 5 working days.

Action for Family Carers

Action for Family Carers is charity that provides support and information to unpaid carers. The charity has grown rapidly in recent years, and now delivers services and support to carers in Braintree, Brentwood, Burnham, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon and Mersea Island, and one of the projects is delivered Essex-wide. There is more information on the Action for Family Carers website.

Citizens Advice

Visit the Citizens Advice website to find out about help and support available if you’re responsible for looking after someone who has a disability, is getting old or has become ill. This can range from practical help to make day-to-day life easier to benefits like Carer’s Allowance.

Support for young carers

All young carers are eligible for a young carer’s assessment. This is a way of understanding how Essex County Council could help you or put you in touch with organisations that can offer the support you need.

For any other queries about young carers’ support in Essex, email

If you’re concerned about someone under 18 who is providing care for someone, use Essex County Council’s online referral form.

Useful links:

Livewell Partners