Definition: Someone, usually unpaid, and often a friend or family member who supports a person with social care needs either full time or part time.
Category: Adult Social Care
Credit: Department of Health
Source: Glossary of Adult Social Care Terms
Service descriptions mentioning the term
Our free Information & Advice
Line offers support and guidance to deafblind
people, their carer
s, family and friends, as well as professionals working with people who have a loss of both hearing and sight. It also provides a service to Deafblind UK's members, who each receive a phonecall three times a year for a general chat and to remind them of the support available through the service. The Information & Advice Line can also connect you to the relevant team or staff member at Deafblind UK.
Provides support for those affected by Alström Syndrome
, their carer
s and professionals working with them. This includes a forum, help with gaining access to medical assessment
s with doctors who have expertise in Alström Syndrome, quarterly medical screening clinics and a newsletter.
Cymru's peer support & social groups provide those with both sight and hearing impairments plus their carer
s an opportunity to meet people and make friends. At regular meetings, all members are encouraged to get involved in the decision making process to determine what activities the group should do, often including social outings
and arranging meetings to enjoy guest speakers on subjects of interest.
A growing community of blind and partially sighted people and their families, friends, carer
s and supporters. Joining Connect puts you in touch with this community.
SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carer
s. Their mental health support services are completely confidential. Whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. Their professional staff and trained volunteers have specialist mental health knowledge; they can help you consider options for support that address your individual circumstances.
An on-line resource containing information on eye care for people with learning disabilities
. It includes information in easy-read format, and also information for carer
are offered to anyone with a permanent and uncorrectable eye condition, living in Breconshire to help pay for equipment, services, training
, education and experiences (such as holidays
). Applications are welcome from the visually impaired
, their families and carer
The Seeing Ear is a registered charity which provides an online library for visually impaired
& print disabled
people in the UK. This unique service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and is completely free to its members. Teachers, parents & carer
s can join on behalf of somebody with a visual impairment/print disability. It hosts a fiction section for both children
and adults, a non fiction section, and caters for schools.
Qualified staff to provide awareness training
to volunteers, carer
s, nursing staff, GPs, businesses etc. A course that shows you how to understand the perspective of a vision impaired
person and how to approach, guide and leave a vision impaired person.
Social and entertainment group for persons who are vision impaired
and speakers, general chat and company. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church, High Street, Welshpool on alternate Tuesdays between the hours of 2 - 4pm. from March - December. The club
is run by a small group of people who give their time freely. Raffle event every meeting towards cost of refreshments and use of hall. Affiliated with Macular