We want to better support the people who care for a family member, neighbour or friend in Gloucestershire. We want to work together to ensure carers feel valued, respected and empowered.

1 in 10 people nationally is a carer and this is reflected in Gloucestershire, with approximately 63,000 adult and parent carers identifying themselves in the 2011 census and we also have up to 7,000 young carers.

Carers face health inequalities with 61% of carers in the UK saying their physical health has suffered as a result of caring and 72% stating it has affected their mental health.

Adult carers

Adult carers in Gloucestershire are supported by Gloucestershire Carers Hub.

They provide:

  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Carers Emergency Scheme
  • Peer support
  • Carer breaks
  • Training opportunities
  • Carer assessments

We want all carers in Gloucestershire to sign up to the Carers Emergency Scheme. This gives carers peace of mind that, if something unexpected happens to them, their cared for person will be looked after. Find out more about the scheme via the Gloucestershire County Council website here or by contacting the Carers Hub.

Young carers

Gloucestershire Young Carers offer support to carers under the age of 18, as well as for young adult carers, aged 16-24. The service offers activity groups, support groups, support for families, residential and day trips, a young carers’ forum and newsletter, and training on a variety of topics such as first aid and being assertive. Child/young person-friendly information on a range of issues is also available.

Other local services

Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum is a voice for those with lived experience of being a parent carer and can offer peer support.

The Eddystone Trust in Gloucestershire offers support to carers looking after someone living with HIV.

BAME Carers

The current services provided to Gloucestershire’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic carers are:

Gloucestershire Chinese Women’s Guild

Ebony Community Carers

Black Elders Day Centre

Golden Years Luncheon Club

Friendship Cafe