Being a carer

  • Carers UK

    They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

    0808 808 7777

    Carers UK


  • Are you a carer?

    A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
    Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease.
    Let us know if you are a carer

    Carers Trust – What is a carer?

  • Free Carer’s Assessment

    If you provide unpaid care for a friend or relative, you are entitled to a free assessment of your own needs as a carer from the council. You will be entitled to an assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or your level of need for support. You don’t necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment. You may be juggling work and care and this is having a big impact on your life.

    Manchester City Council – Caring for someone

    Trafford Carers Centre – Self Assessment

    Manchester Advocacy Hub – Support for carers

  • Free Needs Assessment

    Needs assessments are for adults (18 years of age or over) who may need help because of a disability, ill health or old age. Anyone who appears to have a need for care or support can have a needs assessment, regardless of the ‘level’ of those needs or the person’s financial resources. Even if you as the carer are providing all the care the person needs, they are still entitled to an assessment.

    Manchester telephone
    0161 234 5001


    Trafford telephone
    0161 912 5199


  • Carers Manchester

    Carers Manchester is a group of organisations working together to improve services for Manchester’s unpaid carers. Carers can get in touch with The Contact Point who can provide advice and support.

    Telephone: 0161 543 8000 
    (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm except bank holidays, and 10am – 6pm on Wednesdays)



  • Manchester Carers Centre

    Provides free community services for carers in Manchester this includes: information & advice, emotional support & practical help, community drop-ins to meet other carers, breaks & social activities and access to grants and training.

    0161 272 7270


  • Manchester Carers Forum

    Regardless of whether you care for someone for just one hour per week or 24 hours per day, every day, Manchester Carers Forum is here to help.
    They can offer home visits if you would prefer to talk to someone face to face.

    0161 819 2226


  • Trafford Carers Centre

    Trafford Carers Centre supports unpaid carers looking after someone who lives in the Trafford area, including help applying for a Carer’s Assessment by Trafford Council.

    0161 848 2400


  • Young Carers

    Lots of young people are carers without realising it – often for a family member such as a brother or sister, parent or an older relative. Sometimes it can be for a partner or friend who is ill, frail, has a disability, has a mental health concern or has a drug (or alcohol) addiction.

    Manchester City Council

    Young Adult Carers (16-25yrs)

  • Talbot House

    Talbot House supports parents and carers of people who have learning disabilities in Manchester.


  • Trafford Mencap

    Trafford Mencap is a charity that promotes equality for people with a learning disability – helping with new opportunities, new friends, and to feel valued and safe in the community.

    0161 928 5678

    Trafford Mencap

  • Being There

    Being There is a small charity with support services in Manchester and Trafford providing emotional support and home-based practical help to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, along with those closest to them, such as family, friends and carers.

    0845 123 23 29


  • ACCG – African Caribbean Care Group

    The ACCG delivers Day Care and Home Care services and aims to provide a service to the whole family, not just the person being cared for.

    0161 226 6334


  • The African & Caribbean Mental Health Service

    IFEOMA is a carers group that meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Windrush Millenium Centre: support, trips, short breaks, information and advice, respite, alternative treatments, practical help.

    0161 226 9562



  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for Carers

    If you provide unpaid care to friends or family there is information and support available

    Manchester Telephone
    0800 234 6123

    Trafford Telephone
    0300 330 9073