Wheelchair user on the millennium bridge

Carers

A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. We are committed to improving the health and social inclusion of London’s carers.

What support can carers get?

The Care Act 2014 has now come into effect. It states the legal right for carers to be assessed and to receive the level of support that they need.

Find out more about the Care Act.

Find support through your local services at Carers Trust or Carers UK.

If you're a young carer, find your local young carers service.

Support for older carers

As our population ages, more of us are looking after or supporting another person later in our lives.

There is a range of support available for older carers. For example:

  • Age UK runs a unique project focusing on the practical and emotional needs of older carers. They want to help older carers provide better support for the person they care for
  • the majority of fire deaths in the home involve older people. London Fire Brigade has put together some important and up-to-date advice aboout how to reduce fire risk for the older person you are caring for. For example, you can request a home fire safety visit or make an escape plan
  • Independent Age have put together a fact sheet to explain what benefits, entitlements and services are available to help carers in England

Older carers supporting someone with drug or alcohol issues

Adfam works to improve support for families who care for someone with drug and/or alcohol issues. They provide a support group for older carers (55+) living in London.

London Carers Advisory Group

The Mayor's London Carers Advisory Group seeks to improve conditions for carers in London by discussing their concerns and needs.

The Group is made up of government departments, statutory agencies and national charities who work to improve the health and social inclusion of carers, and to raise awareness of carers' concerns.