What is CarerLinks?
Every day 6,000 people will become a carer. CarerLinks offers emotional and practical support to unpaid carers, helping them to protect their health and wellbeing and cope with their caring role. Carer advisors provide a listening ear and can link carers into services and support.
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone of any age who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who, due to illness, a disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without support.
Why do we need to identify carers?
Caring can be very rewarding, but also very demanding and can affect physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Many carers are trying to work, study and look after other family members in addition to their caring responsibilities. It is important to ensure carers are aware of support available as early as possible.
How CarerLinks can help?
- By supporting carers to think about their own needs and plan action for change
- By listening and offering a range of services and support to help carers improve their health and well being, including; 1:1 support, information, advice, advocacy and signposting
- By offering support with applications for attendance allowance, carers allowance and blue badges
- By working in partnership to link carers with all other sources of help and support
Download our information leaflet here
Talk to us in person
Come along to one of our drop in sessions and speak to our Carer Advisors to find out more – click here for details
Emergency and Future Planning
There are many things to consider when caring for someone, however, what would you do in the event of an unforeseen emergency?
Our Emergency and Future Planning pack gives lots of information and tips to help you prepare for the unexpected.
Download emergency and future planning pack here
Get your free flu vaccination
Carers are able to receive the NHS flu vaccination for free if they are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled. You should speak to your GP Practice or a pharmacist for more information. Further information is also available on the Carers UK website https://carers.org/article/flu-jabs
Read more facts about flu from Herefordshire Council here
Or check out a guide to flu injections here
Young Carer Service
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps to care for someone in their family, who due to illness, a disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without support.
Our service offers young carers the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities through activities, outings, holidays, one-to-one and peer support. Read more
For information on our new young carer groups across Herefordshire, please click here.
To download our information leaflet, click here
This service is commissioned by Herefordshire Council.