A carer can be someone of any age, who may be in paid work or not, who supports a friend or family member due to their illness, disability, frailty, mental health or substance misuse.

Carers Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of caring. It aims to highlight the challenges that unpaid carers face, recognise the valuable contribution carers make to our communities and to support people who do not think of themselves as a carer to recognise themselves as one and access support.

This year, the theme is ‘recognising and supporting carers in the community’.

Throughout the week, organisations supporting carers will be heading out into the community to find hidden carers and raise awareness of the support available locally. They also have also planned a programme of events for carers to get involved with.

What’s on

See what events are happening throughout Carers Week 2023

Some of the events are in person and some are online.  If you are unable to attend any of the events detailed in the calendar, need some help, or would like more information about support available to you such as a support groups or a Carers Assessment, please get in touch.

If you are looking after someone who relies on your help for everyday tasks, your local carer support organisation is here for you!

If you are caring for someone in Bournemouth, Christchurch, or Poole, contact CRISP Carer Support:

Tel: 01202 128787

Email: carersupport@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Web: www.crispweb.org

If you are caring for someone in the
Dorset Council area contact Carer Support Dorset:

Tel: 0800 368 8349

Web: www.carersupportdorset.co.uk

Young carers

If you are a young carer, there is help and support for you through the Young Carers Service. They can talk to you and try to help work out what support you and your family might need.

If the person you care for lives in the Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole Council area, contact Children’s First Response Hub:

Tel: 01202 123334

Email: childrensfirstresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

If the person you care for lives in the
Dorset Council area, contact Carer Support Dorset:

Tel: 0800 368 8349

Email: admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk