Being a carer means you are regularly caring, without being paid, for someone who has an illness, health condition or disability and could not manage without your help. This could be a friend, family member or neighbour.
If you are a carer, you may be able to get support from Leeds City Council. This could be additional support for the person you are caring for, or it could be support for you, for example to give you a short break from your responsibilities. If you contact the Council, they will carry out a carer’s assessment.
As a carer you may also be able to claim several welfare benefits, for example Carers Allowance.
You can get more advice on being a carer and how to get help on the Leeds City Council website:
Carers Leeds is a charity in Leeds which provides advice and support for carers. It offers one-to-one support and group sessions you can go to. It also provides advice on finance and benefits, support and services.
Carers Leeds also has a service for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds, run in partnership with Touchstone. It includes support with language or cultural needs.
You can call or email Carers Leeds for advice, or you can arrange a home visit or make an appointment. You can also visit the office.