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Carers

This section provides information about services, local support groups, guidelines and your rights as a carer.

Help and support for carers

You can search on the left for organisations that provide help and support to carers.

Carers assessment

If you provide regular and substantial care for someone, you can have a carers assessment to discuss the help you need. This can happen even if the person you care for refuses help. You can also contribute to the discussion about the needs of the person you look after. Your views will  be recorded within the service user's needs assessment.

A carers assessment is your opportunity to talk about your own needs and things that could make caring easier for you. Carers assessments are undertaken by Hackney Council but can look at the support available from a range of organisations. The assessment will be a face-to-face discussion between you and the assessor. The assessment can be carried out in private away from the person being cared for if required.

Find out more about carers assessments.

Request an assessment

To request a carers assessment please phone the Information & Assessment Team on 020 8356 6262, email access@hackney.gov.uk; or one of the voluntary organisations who carry out assessments and reviews on behalf of the Council.

Information about dementia services 

The City and Hackney Guide for Carers, Families and Friends of People Living with Dementia gives valuable information to carers, families and friends of people living with dementia. Click here for an electronic copy of the guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Carers, aged 18 or over, who provide care for a Hackney resident, of any age, can apply for a Hackney carer's card and sign up for the carers' register. What are the benefits? You'll be able to receive discounts on more..…

The Council provides advice and support for adult carers who care for the elderly, children with special needs and adults with physical or learning disabilities. Carers may be entitled to receive additional help and support for their own needs from more..…

There is a range of advice, support and information for parent carers on family rights, grants, education issues, breaks and much more. Find out more about help available for parent carers.

Young carers are children and young people who are the main carers of a relative with a long-term illness or disability. Estimates of the number of young carers in the UK vary between 15,000 and 50,000. Young carers can face more..…

Provision of advice, counselling and support for those who care for adults or children with special needs. Advocacy on behalf of carers may include raising awareness of carers issues and helping to keep them on the agenda of all relevant agencies, setting out more..…

To request a carers assessment you can either contact the Council's Information Assessment Team on 020 8356 6262 email access@hackney.gov.uk ; or one of the voluntary organisations who carry out assessments and reviews on behalf of the Council.   Please contact one of the organisations below more..…

Provision of advice, counselling and support for those who are caring for adults or children with special needs. f you provide regular and substantial care for someone, you can have a carers assessment to discuss the help you need. This more..…

Carers direct payments give carers, subject to eligibility, the opportunity to receive cash payments to buy services or items. The payments are to help carers continue in their caring role and to maintain their own health and wellbeing. If you more..…

Carers emergency card scheme The carers emergency card scheme ensures that care can be put in place within two hours of notification of an emergency. Homeshare day care scheme The homeshare day care scheme gives carers a break from their more..…

Carer's allowance is the main state benefit for carers. Carer's allowance is £62.10 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. more..…