Support from voluntary organisations

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

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. Carers’ Centres also provide a range of support for carers, including information, advice and training. Contact the Carers Trust to find your Carer's Centre.

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What is a carer?

A carer is someone who gives unpaid practical and emotional support to a person who could not manage without this help.

Managing everyday needs

You may need to help the person you are caring for with things like medicines. You can get support to help you with this.

Other care options

You may sometimes need a break from caring. Help is available to support you with looking after your loved one.

If you're a carer with cancer

Looking after someone while going through treatment yourself can be challenging. Support is available for carers.