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Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?


Are you a young Carer under the age of 18?? Do you care for someone in your household, a family member, brother or sister or even a friend and care for this person unpaid..then you are a young carer.

Do you care for this person because of their disability, illness or problems?

Are you under the age of 18?

Do you need a little time out?

The Weardale practice can help you find the right support and service in order to make your life a little easier in the caring role.

Here at the Weardale Practice we provide support for you. Jessica Rowland who is our Business Administrator is the face of young carers, if you have any questions please ask to speak to her and she will be happy to help.


We would like to work with you to see if there are any services that could help and support you in your caring role.

This may also help to make decisions about your future.


Please ask to see her to talk with her about the services on offer from The Bridge Centre.


Please see link below named Young Carers Information, there is some really useful information that might help you out!

 Young carers Information


If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you


There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.


Being a Carer can often affect your own health nurse

By 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 heath is as important as that of the person that 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.

 For help with:

· Specialist advice and information

· Home visits offering one to one support

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

Contact Durham County Carer Support

0300 005 1213

Please contact the surgery to fill out a carers form.

Download a form here:

Does your GP know you are a Carer? .

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