Carers Support Groups

Being a carer can often affect your own health. Letting your GP surgery know that you are caring for someone could help your GP offer you better support      


A carer is someone who, without payment, provides care and support to a  relative, partner, friend or disabled child who cannot manage without your help. As a carer your health is as important as that of the person you care for, as it ensures that you can continue to carry out your caring role.

It is important that you visit your doctor regularly and that you tell your doctor that you are in a caring role.

Carers´ Emergency Support Service.


The Carers Emergency Support Service provides replacement care in an emergency situation and is completely free to use. The service is available to anyone who cares for someone over the age of 18.

The service can help if:

  • a Carer has an accident
  • has to be admitted to hospital at short notice
  • deal with a family or emotional crisis
  • need time to sit an exam/job interview at short notice
  • emergency medical or dentist appointment


Carers are issued with a card and a personal number to make accessing the service as easy as possible.

Carers are invited to nominate two people that can be called upon in an emergency, but failing that or the Carer not having any one to help, the emergency scheme will send a Care Worker to make sure the needs of the Cared For are met. The Care Workers will endeavour to stay with the person until either the emergency is resolved or extended replacement care has been set in place by Social Care Services.


How to register

If you are registered with Durham County Carers Support or would like to be, please call 0300 005 1213

Or you can call directly to the scheme on 03300 882367.


Caring Matters October 2020

Please click HERE to access the caring Matters Newsletter for October 2020.

The Bridge Family Action is available for help with:

      • Specialist and advice and information

      • Home visits offering one to one support 

      • Practical help with completing forms, gaining benefits, grants and other funding and more...

The Bridge Project

Young Carers Service   

County Durham



 It is a pleasure to introduce you to the Bridge Project Young Carers Service.

 Managed by the national charity Family Action, The Bridge Project provides a range of inputs and interventions to improve the well being of young carers and their families throughout County Durham. 

 The Bridge Project is committed to improve both the early identification of and support to young carers in County Durham.  In doing so the primary aim of the Bridge Project is to reduce the harmful aspects of the young carer role by ensuring that there is no ‘wrong door’ for any young carer.

 The service provision from the Bridge Project will provide a range of interventions to those identified as young carers across County Durham.  Such interventions include:

      •   The provision of a Young Carers Assessment for those referred to the Project. This assessment will    enable the project to gain an in-depth understanding of the needs of the young carer and her/his family.

      •   Following the initial assessment the Bridge Project will use the gathered information to offer targeted support to match a Young Carer’s level of need.

      •   Raising awareness of young carers issues throughout County Durham.

      •   Promoting the voice and views of young carers through Young Carers Forums.

 The aim of the Bridge Project is to provide targeted interventions that match the needs of those who are defined as young carers.  Exploring the notion of a continuum of interventions, the level of input may range from offering advice to a professional colleague who is unclear about a what services are available for young carers to direct case involvement with very often complex cases that require a high level of intervention due to need and safeguarding concerns.

 Willington Medical Group worked with The Bridge Project towards achieving the County Durham Young Carers Charter and successfully achieved this.

Web link:


 The Facts - Data from the 2011 Census (County Durham)- Census Data

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Carers leaflet

Poster for carers



Horizons is a young adult carer's service. Please see the leaflet below for more information and details of how to access this service.




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