Support from voluntary organisations

Voluntary organisations and charities play an important role in providing help and support to people who are ill, and their carers. They may offer:

  • information
  • loans and grants for aids and equipment
  • holiday schemes
  • financial help
  • counselling
  • transport
  • befriending
  • respite care at home
  • a good neighbour scheme.

A good neighbour scheme is where local people provide practical help, usually for people who live alone. This help may include shopping, picking up prescriptions and offering transport.

Some voluntary organisations also run local self-help and support groups where you can meet other carers in a similar situation. You may find you can talk with them more openly because they understand what you’re going through. Local support groups often provide information and some have newsletters.

Many voluntary organisations and charities, including Macmillan, have helplines you can call for information and support. To find out what help is available in your area, call our cancer support specialists.

You can also contact your local Volunteer Centre. Their details should be in the phone book or online.

Carers’ centres also provide a range of support for carers including information, advice and training. You can find your local carer centre by searching the Carers Trust website.

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Managing symptoms

There are many ways you can help the person you’re looking after to manage symptoms or side effects while they are at home.

Support from family and friends

Family and friends may be able to help you with practical and emotional support while you care for someone with advanced cancer.

Other care options

You might need to take some time off from caring. There are different care options available to help you do this.