We are committed to addressing the specific needs of carers, offering help and support wherever appropriate and practicable. If you think you are a carer, please let us know so we can update your records. The practice has a form you can complete upon request.
Carers registration form can be accessed here
A Carers Passport is a brand new initiative which has just been launched across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Take a look at our Carers Wellbeing Officer Sarah’s video to find out more about what a Carers Passport is and how it can help you.
You can download a leaflet or poster about Carers Passports here.
What is a Carers Passport?
- This is an ID card for carers who are caring for a loved one aged 18+.
- Will be recognised across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
- It will aid easy recognition of carers in a variety of settings and enable access to services and support.
- It’s available as a wallet sized card, downloadable onto your smartphone or with a lanyard if you would prefer.
Covid-19 and Carers
Carers often feel they are doing what anyone else would do in that situation; looking after Mum, son or best friend and just getting on with it, but caring can be physically and emotionally demanding under normal circumstances, and even more so during lockdown, so it is important to seek help and support if they are struggling.
We understand that a lot of services are not operating as they normally would due to the pandemic, but below we have compiled some information that we hope you will find useful.
VASL – Support for Carers Caring for Someone 18+
VASL is a small charity based in Market Harborough. For 10 years, it has supported unpaid carers across Leicestershire. In order to access this service, the cared-for must be 18+ and live in the county of Leicestershire. You can refer yourself using the information below:
By phone: 01858 468 543
By email: [email protected]
On VASLs website: https://vasl.org.uk/information/register-to-one-of-our-services/
Through First Contact Plus (more details below)
By self-registering on: www.supportforcarers.org
VASL aims to respond to referrals within 3 working days or 24 hours if an emergency. The Carers Help and Support Line (number above) is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
The service offers on-going emotional support, runs nine support groups across the county every month (via Zoom), offers a telephone befriending service, helps carers complete Carer’s Assessments and signposts to other organisations. VASL is also active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Virtual face-to-face appointments with Carers Wellbeing Advisors are available over Zoom for unpaid carers caring for a friend or family member aged 18+ in Leicestershire. Call 01858 468 543 to book your slot.
VASLs Support for Carers Leicestershire YouTube channel – contains carers training videos. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcsfiYAdDHwX7dxSq9liq6g
Caring for Someone Else
Nottingham Carers Hub – caring for someone outside of Leicestershire
Telephone: 0115 824 8824
CLASP The Carer’s Centre – caring for someone under the age of 18
Telephone: 0116 251 0999
Barnardo’s Carefree – supports young carers who are themselves under the age of 18
Telephone: 0116 286 7182
Leicestershire County Council – Adult Social Care
Adult Social Care can provide support and help informal carers with their caring duties, please see below for some useful resources.
Telephone: 0116 305 0004 or 0116 255 1606 (out-of-hours number for emergencies)
Adult Social Care can also help if you need to access emergency respite care for the person you care for and / or you think that the person you care for might be eligible for funded respite care.
Age UK offers a range of support for older carers and carers of older people; please see their contact details below:
Telephone: 0116 299 2233
Email: [email protected]
The following link displays a list of contact details for services provided by Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/leics/about-us/contact-us/
First Contact Plus
First Contact Plus is an online tool which helps adults in Leicestershire find information about a range of services all in one place and you can self-refer via their website. The website contains useful information on the following areas:
- Improving your health
- Feeling safe
- Living independently
- Money, debt and benefits
- Work, learning and volunteering
- Families and relationships
- Your home
Carer’s Allowance – you could be eligible for carer’s allowance if you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week. You can apply online via the website below or by post.
Council Tax Support – carers that live within the Melton Borough and are struggling to pay their council tax may be eligible for this means tested benefit which can help during this time. You can apply by using the link below.
If you are unable to complete the online form and do not have anyone else that can do it for you, please call 01664 502502 to request a New Benefits Claim call back.
Universal Credit – you could be eligible if you are a carer who is of working age and requires help to pay housing costs. You can apply online via the website below or by telephone.
Telephone: 0800 328 5644
Other Useful Telephone Numbers
|Latham House Medical Practice||01664 503000|
|Central Access Point (mental health support)||0116 295 3060|
|NHS 111 (medical advice and reassurance 24 hours a day)||111|
|Single Point of Access (SPA) – community health services (e.g. catheter issues, palliative care nurses, heart failure or respiratory nurses, wound dressings)||03003 007777|
|Carers UK||020 7378 4999|
|Carers Allowance Unit||0800 731 0297|
|Care Home Selection||0800 008 7193|
|Samaritans||08457 909 090|