Caring for someone can be demanding and difficult. There may be more help available in Leicester and Leicestershire than you realise.

As a carer you are entitled to a carer's assessment.  For more information contact your local authority:


Some questions and answers...

I am caring for someone.  What support and help is there for me?


VASL support for carers

01858 468 543 or email


Leicestershire County Council carers information


Leicester City Council carers information

Providing Care

A Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland resource for carers, including information about

available courses and training.

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

Offering support through a free advice line

0800 678 1602 and specific carers support

Carers UK 


The Carers Centre 

Offers a range of free services including advocacy, information and support for carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

0116 251 0999 or email

Unit 19, 4th Floor Matrix House, Constitution Hill, Leicester LE1 1PL


Making life better for carers.  Useful information and fact sheet for carers

Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX

T. 020 7378 4999 Email.

Is there any funding available for me as a carer?

Carers UK


Carer's Allowance

This is the main state benefit for carers. You don’t have to be related to or live with the person you care for to be eligible if the person you care for has certain benefits.


Carer’s Credit 

Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record.


NHS support and benefits for carers

Is any help available when caring for someone with a specific condition?

Caring for someone with dementia


Dementia Support Service

0116 231 1111 or call the National Dementia Helpline on 0845 3000 336


Caring for someone with a heart condition


Caring for someone with Parkinson's Disease

I'm under 18 and I help my Dad every day to wash, dress and feed himself. Is there anyone else like me? Are there any organisations that will support me?

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after a family member such as a parent, brother, sister or other relative or they might care for a family friend who is disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses alcohol or drugs. The person may live in the same house as the young carer or somewhere else.


It is can be very helpful to talk about your caring responsibilities with an adult and/or friend who you trust. Talking about the challenges you face can give you encouragement and may help you make good decisions. If you're at school or college, it is important that a teacher you trust knows too. They can help you plan your school and home work. 

Further information and support is available at:


I am caring for a loved one. Are there any small groups we can attend together?


Continuing wellbeing mentally, spiritually, physically and socially is important. Caring for someone can be comforting and rewarding for both parties, but sometimes it can be isolating, frustrating and tiring too. It is important that you have opportunities to go out, to take part in something you enjoy and to meet others for conversations and activities. There are lots of groups across Leicestershire. Find out more on the Support for Carers website.


Can Respite Care Provision give me a break from caring?

Respite care is the term used for different services designed to give you a break from caring. It could be someone coming to your home to look after the person you care for on a regular basis while you go to an activity, shop or visit a friend, or someone to take them out to an activity group or day centre. Or you may need an opportunity to go on holiday, with or without the person you care for. If you're going away without the person you care for, they may have a temporary stay in a residential care.

​Support at home



Private agencies that may offer respite care 

There are a wide range of private agencies throughout Leicester and Leicestershire for further information:

Care homes

There are a wide range of care homes throughout Leicestershire. 


Care Choices

Provides a good overview of care homes and will help you identify a care home that suits your criteria.  ​​

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC regulates, inspects and rates all social services and health care provision which include care homes.  

NHS find a care home





Leicester, (Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief  Of Suffering)

Groby Road, Leicester


Sue Ryder

Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Rd, Longthorpe, Peterborough PE3 6LW

Myton Hospice, Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2HJ

01926 492518 


Myton Hospice, Rugby

Barby Road, Rugby CV22 5PY



Treetops Hospice Care, Risley

Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS

0115 9491264 

Nottinghamshire Hospice, Nottingham

384 Woodborough Road, Nottingham NG3 4JF

0115 9621222


Hayward House Hospice, Nottingham

South Rd, Nottingham NG5 1PB

0115 9627619

Other sources of assistance

Care Choices

Can help you make informed choices on care


Marie Curie

Nursing care at home for a terminal illness


Nursing care at home for a terminal illness, as well as emotional advice and symptom management.

0808 8080000

Diana Children's Community Nursing Service

Nursing care at home to children aged 0-18 years across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through a seven-day service.

0116 295 5080