Carers Support

Are You a Carer?  Do you look after someone who is dependent on you?

Carers really are the unsung heroes of our community.  Not only for the essential support they provide for their loved ones, but also for the assistance they provide to the NHS.  Consequently, a range of support services are available to Carers to recognise the tremendous contribution they make to the lives of others.

Burbage Surgery has once again been awarded the Platinum Carers Award in recognition of the outstanding services and support we provide to Carers.  We offer "flexible" appointments for people who are Carers to try to make it easier for you to visit your GP/Nurse. Mary and Katy are our Carers Leads and are dedicated to helping Carers access the full range of support available to them which includes our fantastic team of Care Coordinators and Social Prescribers

If you are a Carer, please let us know so we can add you to our Carers' Register. We will try to help you, or you may like to contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 or through

 Carers Support Wiltshire have produced a new Carers Guide which covers a broad range of subjects including getting help and support, money matters, work, and education, managing someone’s affairs and planning for the future. There is also a directory of useful contacts. Carer Support Wiltshire offer specialist support workers who provide confidential information and advice about caring matters and one to one support. 




A Young Carer is a child between 5 & 16 who looks after or helps to look after someone who has an illness, learning or physical disability, a mental health illness or misuse of drugs or alcohol. It might be your mum or dad, grandparent, brother or sister or a close relative or friend. A Young Carer usually takes on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. This means doing things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, giving medication or just talking and helping when the person you care about is feeling sad.

The Surgery can help support you, offer advice and direct you to other organisations like Carer Support Wiltshire who can help.

Home - Young Carers | Carer Support Wiltshire

YACbook is an exciting new website and online community for young adult carers. This is a safe space for young people to find information, advice and links to support. Topics and resources include mental health support, building your confidence, studying and employment. Read all about it here.

To find out more, or if you think you are a Carer/Young Carer and would like to discuss it further, please do give us a call and speak to Mary or Katy at the surgery, or you can speak to one of your teachers at school.

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

  • Caring for a parent
  • 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 

Telephone: 0808 802 0202 (8am to 9pm Mon- Fri, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines)



 Finance and Law

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

  • Benefits for Carers Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
  • Benefits for the person you care for Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
  • Death and benefits How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
  • Managing someone's legal affairs Advice for when Carers find they must take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
  • Other benefits Advice for Carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
  • Personal and household finance Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for Carers
  • Tax credits Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible
  • Social fund 

Wiltshire IAPT Service

Offer a wide range of support. from psycho-educational courses to one-to-one intervention, as everyone’s needs, and preferences are different. 

01380 731335 






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