What is a Carer?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.  In particular, we pledge to support young carers and we are working with The Bridge Young Carers Service to achieve this.

Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.

Emotional and practical support is available from any of the six carers centres across the county.


Further information can be found on  

Tel: 0300 005 1213

Text 07624 818 403


Being a Carer can often affect your own health so please let the surgery staff know if you are caring for someone.


Carers Back Pain Course

Cardi Back is a new programme that County Durham Carers Support is hoping to set up. It is aimed at carers who are suffering from back pain and involves a lower back exercise programme. The sessions will be ran by qualified physiotherapists and the exercises used are effective in decreasing pain and improving fitness. If you or someone you know is interested please call 03000 005 1213 and provide the carers information.


North East Carers Press Release


To see what events are currently going on in the area, for carers please see the newsletter below.

Carers Summer Newsletter


Carers Direct

NHS Choices also provides a wealth of information for carers including mangaging finances, dealing with breaks and respite care and accessing benefits.

You can also contact carers direct on 0808 802 0202 or by visiting their website below

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