Carers Information Directory.
Carers UK Factsheets
These factsheets break down complex issues affecting carers to give you a full picture of what support is available and how to get it.
Financial issues (UK wide)
- Carer’s Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- ‘Bedroom tax’ – changes to Housing Benefit size criteria
- Help with Council Tax
Looking after yourself and those you care for
- Assessments (separate versions for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
- Coming out of hospital (separate versions for England and Wales)
- Thinking Ahead: Housing and related care options in later life (co-produced with Care & Repair England)
The Carer’s Card shows you are an unpaid carer and gives you discounts. Carers tell us they find in useful in many situations, for example to prove they are a carer when accompanying another adult to changing facilities.
Having a Carer’s Card will not affect your benefits.
To qualify you must:
Live in a postcode served by Southampton City Council (SO14-SO19).
Be over 18 and caring (unpaid) for an adult.*
*Parent carers of under 18s and young carers are also eligible but will be asked screening questions over the phone.
The Listening Support Service offers a series of phone calls with someone who understands the ups and downs of caring and who can provide a listening ear.
Whether you want to discuss some of the issues you are facing as a carer, or just want to chat, the friendly, trained callers are there to listen.
New dementia and carer support drop-in
A dementia friendly drop-in for carers of people with dementia. Join for coffee and biscuits and receive advice and support. 2pm till 3.30pm first Wednesday of every month at Speedwell Court, Mansbridge Road, Southampton SO18 3HW
This Dementia Carers Support Group is run by Speedwell Court Abbeyfield Care Home in conjunction with Jacquie and Sandy, Dementia Advisors of Andover Mind. See more details at: https://www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk/speedwell-dementia-and-carer-support-drop-in/
Age UK Services
Are you aware of Age UK Southampton’s services for anyone aged 50+ living in SO14-SO19? They offer:
• Information and Advice
• Benefits Support
• Home Visiting
• Telephone Befriending
• IT Classes
• Social Group
• Day Care
Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of young carers aged 5-12 years by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support. In the UK nationwide, we give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.
YoungMinds are a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need
YOUR Feedback is needed in Southampton
Events for unpaid carers to provide feedback on the draft Carers Strategy 2021-26
It is important that decisions about how to improve support for unpaid carers across the city are shaped by and for carers. So, whatever your age, background, experience or caring role your help is valuable. There are three in-person events, one online event or you can provide your views via a feedback form. Details at: https://www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk/carers-strategy-2021-26