Are you a new carer?

If you’re new to caring and/or feel overwhelmed with the amount of things to know and do, here are five things you should know to help you get off to the right start.

1. Get a carers assessment

This is your chance to discuss what help you need so that you can maintain your health and balance your caring responsibilities with other areas of your life.

To refer yourself or someone else for a carers assessment call us on Carers Network on 0208 960 3033 (Westminster) or 020 73869417 (Hammersmith) or email

2. Check whether you qualify for Carers Allowance

You may be eligible for Carers Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who is receiving the higher or middle rate component of Disability Living Allowance.


3. Tell your GP

Let your GP know that you are a carer. You are able to receive regular health checks and advice on how to best take care of your health.

4. Request flexible working

You have the right to request flexible working from your employer. This can include part-time work, flexi-time, job sharing or home working.

5. Take a break

You may be entitled to respite from your local council. Respite means time out from caring whilst getting help to look after the person you care for.

Carers Network administer the Carers Break Scheme in Westminster and the Carers Small Grants in Hammersmith which can be used to pay for item(s) or service that enables you to have time to yourself, away from caring.
We are now accepting new applications.

LDN Short Breaks Service provides breaks and home support services for children and Young People and is commissioned by Westminster Council. The short breaks offer individually tailored, flexible packages of care and support in the form of respite breaks to families with children or young people with disabilities within the community or family home. For more information please contact 020 8968 7376 or email

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