All carers are entitled to an assessment of their needs, this is quite separate from the assessment of the person they care for.
Carers Personal Budget
Carers Network can also help you to make an application for the Carers Personal Budget.
Further information here
Carers Small Grants No Longer Available
This is the grant towards a break or an item that used to be available every 2 years. These weren’t included in the specification for the new service and we have now been informed by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council that funds will not be available for the Carers Small Grants this year.
If you need financial support in your caring role please get in touch and we will do our best to help you. You may be eligible for a Carers Personal Budget (depending on your needs in a Carers Assessment), or there may be other ways we can help. You could also check out the turn2us benefits calculator and grants search tool here:
Support Groups and Drop-ins for Hammersmith & Fulham Carers
Carers Network is committed to encouraging carers to gain confidence, make their own choices and support each other. Our vision is to support carers to support each other and lead their own groups. This way we ‘create’ a larger number of social meetings and events, reaching an increased number of carers and empower carers to peer support.
Carers Network deliver a general carer support group per month in Hammersmith & Fulham. A Carers Network staff member will attend this group.
The group will be held on 1st Wednesday of every month, 2pm – 4pm, at the St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline St, London W6 9PJ.
As part of the new service in borough there will be specialist support groups for mental health carers (in partnership with Rethink), carers of people with a disability (in partnership with Mencap) and carers looking after someone with dementia (in partnership with St Vincent’s House Home Care).
The new full timetable of support groups for Hammersmith & Fulham carers is in the process of being finalised.
Please watch this space for updates.
There are also other ways to access information, advice and support, like coming to one of our regular advice drop-ins (no appointment needed) at:
- White City Community Centre, India Way W12 7QT, Thursdays, 10am – 1pm
- Bishop Creighton House, 374-380 Lillie Road SW6 7PH, Fridays, 11am – 1pm
Visit the Carers Network calendar here
End of Life Carers Project
Carers Network’s End of Life Carers Project is a 3 year project funded by the City Bridge Trust. It provides specialist services for carers aged over 65 looking after someone approaching the end of their life.
Former Carers Project
Carers Network’s Former Carers Project will support people whose caring role has come to an end. It is set up specifically to provide advice, guidance and support to former unpaid carers as they explore the viable options available to them after their caring role has ended.
Find out more information here