Suffolk Local Offer

Advice for carers

Acting as a carer for a loved one can be challenging and can take a significant toll on your health. This section provides advice and guidance for carers of all ages.

Here, you can find advice and support for all-age carers, including the Suffolk County Council All Age Carers' Strategy, and support for young carers.

All Age carers

Suffolk County Council has provided its complete all age carers' strategy for the public to read, namely detailing how they intend to improve the experience for carers in Suffolk. You can find out more about Suffolk's All Age Carer's Strategy on the Suffolk County Council website.

Young carers

Suffolk County Council commissions Suffolk Family Carers to deliver support services for young carers up to the age of 18.

The service helps young carers have a break from their caring role, reduce feelings of isolation, helping them create friendships, gaining peer support, build their confidence and raising aspirations for the future. Improving emotional wellbeing for young carers is a key part of the work Suffolk Family Carers does. Their work in schools and colleges supports the Raising the Bar objectives to raise educational attainment in Suffolk. They also work directly with families and Social Services to identify and help reduce inappropriate caring roles. Their team of professional Advisers undertake assessments and reviews with the young people who are registered with the service. They also support other professionals who work with young carers, such as school nurses and pastoral staff in schools and colleges.

This is achieved through differing levels of support following a needs-based assessment.

Carer's Assessments

If you are looking after someone you are entitled to a Carer’s Assessment from Suffolk County Council, regardless of the hours you spend caring each week, your circumstances or whether the person you care for gets support from elsewhere.