Carers' Support Services


Carers play a vital role in providing care to ill, frail or disabled family members, friends or partners. The care they provide is unpaid. If you are a carer, you are not alone - every day six thousand people take on a caring responsibility.

The Northern Trust is committed to supporting carers in the important role they carry out. To prioritise our work a two year action plan has been developed in consultation with carers.

Who is a Carer?

Have a think about the person you provide care for or that you support. Do you assist them with getting dressed or bathing, cooking or cleaning, making sure they are taking medication properly, getting them out and about or taking them to or making medical appointments?A carer is defined as “an individual who provides regular and substantial care on an informal basis”. A carer can be any age, including children and young people.You do not have to be the sole carer, a close relative or live with the cared for person. You do not have to be in receipt of Carers Allowance or benefits to be a carer.

Identifying as carer can be hard until you realise how much care and support you are providing to someone else. 

Watch this video on a carers perspective

Carers' Co-ordinator
The Trust has a Carers' Co-ordinator who can help carers by:

• Providing information advice and resources for carers
• To provide information and to support carers in the Northern Trust area
• To promote training to enpower and support carers
• To gather information about the needs of carers

For more information on help and support available to carers contact Claire Campbell the Carer’s Co-ordinator, on (028) 2766 1377 or email: or write to:
Carers Co-ordinator Equality Unit
Route Complex
8E Coleraine Road
BT53 6BP

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust work in partnership with Carers NI. Lyn Campbell is the Information & Development Officer in our area. Carers NI provide information, advice and support to carers, facilitate Carer Support Groups throughout the Northern Trust and co-deliver training for Trust staff. If you would like to contact Lyn for any information, advice or to attend a support group, you can email or telephone 028 9043 9843/077 9393 7070.

What's on for Carers
Carers Group Information
Alzheimers Carers Support Groups (Causeway area)
Carer support groups in the Northern Trust area 
Independent Expert Carers Panel applications close Friday 10 August 2018
Northern Region Recovery College Prospectus - 2018/19
Palliative Care User Involvement Forum

Related links and publications 
Who works in health/social services
Extra care family training programme
Looking after someone - Carer's rights guide
DHSSPS A carer's guide to hospital discharge
DHSSPS Carer's Strategy - Caring for carers

Page last updated:08 November 2018