Support

There is thankfully a wealth of information & support available to unpaid carers these days but carers rarely know where to go for help and advice.

Honiton Carers Support Group offers support to all unpaid carers throughout their caring journey and beyond, but we are aware that at some stage more support may be required. The following organisations all offer support to Carers either locally or nationally.

https://devoncarers.org.uk or phone 03456 434 435

Devon Carers support unpaid carers to maintain their own health, wellbeing and independence; and to care safely, confidently and effectively.

https://www.devon.gov.uk/care-and-health/adults/contact/ or phone 0345 1551007

Phone Care Direct if you are struggling and need information or support on a range of services for older adults.

 https://www.carersuk.org, or phone 0800 055 6112

Carers UK “help, connect, campaign and innovate”.

Expert telephone advice and support service is here if you want to talk about caring. If you’re looking for answers, the online information and support is the best place to start. 

What is Carer’s Allowance?

If you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone with an illness or disability, you may be eligible for extra money called Carer’s Allowance.
It is paid at a rate of £76.75 per week (2023/24).

Who can claim Carer’s Allowance?

You may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance if all the following apply:

• You look after someone for at least 35 hours a week.
• You don’t earn more than £139 per week (after deductions including tax, national insurance and certain expenses). Find out more about the earnings limit.
• The person you care for receives a disability benefit (see below).
• You’re aged 16 or over.
• You’re not in full-time education.
• You meet UK residence and presence conditions and UK immigration conditions – Citizens Advice has detailed information on this. Contact Advice NI if you live in Northern Ireland.

For more details about each of the above requirements, read on and take a look at our Carer’s Allowance factsheet.

Helpline, https://www.dementiauk.org/

direct@dementia.uk.org, or phone 0800 888 6678

Admiral nurses are registered nurses who specialise in dementia, helping family carers gain the necessary skills to assist with dementia care, promoting positive approaches in living well with dementia and improving the quality of life for everyone involved.

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https://www.ageuk.org.uk/devon/, or phone 0333 241 2340

Age UK are the country’s leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They provide companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most.

info@dementiahoniton.org.uk or phone 07966135 442

DFH is a charitable organisation run by volunteers. Based in Honiton their aim is to bring about a community-wide response to dementia through raising awareness about what it is like to live with dementia and to positively encourage inclusivity in all aspects of community life.

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk, or phone 0333150 3456

At Alzheimer’s Society, we believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

Other caring related useful numbers

Help and support services for..

Pinpoint is a directory of organisations and providers that is offered for information purposes to the public and is maintained by Devon County Council and other partners. You can find information on childcare, care homes, activities, support organisations and much more. We also have a Personal Assistant Network where you can someone to help you in your home.

tripcta.org or phone 01404 46529

TRIP is the Honiton based charity providing accessible transport, befriending, mobility scooters and equipment along with support for East Devon.

e-mail honitonhealthmatters@gmail.com

HHM provide a platform for organisations and groups to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people living in Honiton and surrounding parishes.

https://www.parentalminds.org.uk, or phone 07907 614516, email hello@parentalminds.org.uk

Parental Minds gives Mental Health support to families who are struggling with their mental health. We believe that the parental voice is vital when families are living with mental health issues; this under pins all our work.