Carers Advice


Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know via the online form below - we may be able to help you.

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999




Register a Carer

Register a Carer

Helpful Links

There is a wealth of information Carers Trust or NHS Online about carers and caring. Below are some specific links that we hope you will find useful.

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Tax Credits Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

Carers Support East Kent

Information and support for anyone who cares for a relative or friend, who due to physical or mental illness, age-related difficulties, disability or an addiction, cannot manage without your support.

Crossroads Care Kent

Crossroads Care Kent help Carers to make a life of their own outside caring by providing quality care services offering peace of mind while they enjoy some time to themselves.

The Carents Room

The Carents Room is the go-to place for people supporting elderly parents. They give you the information and connections you need to ensure your parents get the best possible care.


Young Carers

Young carer

Is this you? – You may be a young carer

Many young people do not consider themselves to be young carers. Maybe you're just looking after someone in your family who needs help and are getting on with what needs to be done. A carer is defined as a family member (or paid helper) who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled adult.

In order to care safely and stay in good health, young carers need information, support, respect and recognition.  Many young carers continue to go unrecognised, and although they spend a lot of time looking after someone, they frequently say they feel invisible.

The Carers support Centre uses a family centred approach to provide information, advice and support to young carers and their families.

Your Own Health

At Hamstreet Surgery, we do our best to help you look after young carers, as well as the person you care for. 

Our Carers Champion is Chris. If you have any queries about how we can help you, please call the Surgery and ask for Chris.

We offer:

  • Register of carers – Please register yourself as a carer at reception or download a carers form
  • Flu Vaccinations for all carers each Autumn
  • Helping you get appointments at times that work best for you
  • Listening to how caring is affecting you and what you think is best for the person you look after
  • Sometimes we can speak to you about the condition of the person you care for or the medication they are using as long as there is consent given.  

Help for Young Carers

It is difficult looking after someone. It’s important for you to have some help and support for yourself. At Live Well Kent, we have a ‘no wrong door’ approach. You can get help from us through any of the charities and service providers in our network.


Support at School

It is important that you let your school know you are a young carer, speak to someone you know and trust, for example a tutor. Some schools run groups especially for young carers.

Useful Contacts

NHS Direct

Advice on looking after a parent, brother or sister; and information on fitting in socialising with caring and dealing with feelings.

Young Sibs

Information for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults.

Hamstreet Surgery - 01233 730190

If you have any queries or require any further information that you cannot find on this page, please call the Surgery and ask for our Carers Champion, Chris.