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


Some questions and answers...


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


Rutland Health Primary Care Network

Download a Supporting Carers leaflet, providing advice for carers on how to get support in their role as well as contact numbers and tips from local carers.


Rutland Information Service

Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP 

01572 758433

Rutland County Council

I have recently become a carer, where can I find general advice and help?

If you look after a partner, relative or friend who is disabled or ill due to physical or mental ill health, you are a carer. 

Rutland Health Primary Care Network

Providing Care

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

available courses and training.


Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

13 High Street East, Uppingham, LE15 9PY

Penny Stimpson: 01572 822 171

Yvonne Rawlings: 01572 823 942

Or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1602

Carers UK 


Rutland County Council  

For adults over 18 years old who provide unpaid support to someone who could not manage on their own due to illness, disability or a mental health issue.

The Carers Centre  

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

0116 251 0999 or email:

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


Admiral Nurse Service

Admiral nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give practical and emotional support to family carers, as well as the person with dementia. They provide emotional and psychological support to help you carry on your caring role, including carer training workshops.

Angela Moore, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead

01572 758341 or 01572 758220, or 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 for Rutland

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

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

13 High Street East, Uppingham, LE15 9PY

Dementia Support: 01572 823 942

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 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 go to school or college, it is important that a teacher you trust knows too. They can help you plan your school and home work. 

Rutland County Council Young Carers   

You can get a young carer's assessment if you're 18 years old or younger though Rutland's Referral Assessment and Intervention Service. To ask for an assessment phone the team on 01572 758493.    


Rutland Information Service

If you are a young carer who lives or goes to school in Rutland, then you can get support from Rutland County Council. Little Stars, Young Stars and TOFU are monthly groups specifically run to support young carers.


Carers UK


Children's Society


Young Minds



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.  


Rutland Community Hub and Voluntary Action Rutland   

01572 722 622 (main reception, open 9am-1pm) 

01572 724 705 (transport office, open 9am-12pm)


Rutland Reminders

Volunteer run informal singing group and chat for people with dementia and their carers. 10.30am, third Tuesday of each month.

Brambles Social Centre, Rutland Care Village, Huntsmans Drive, Oakham LE15 6RP

07779 413889 or email


Oakham Lunch Club

Luncheon club held on second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 12.30pm – 2pm

The Wheatsheaf, Northgate, Oakham  LE15 6QS

01572 490 784


Men in Sheds Age UK

Men are welcome to share tools and skills and work on projects they choose. Twice weekly (Wednesday 11.00am – 4pm, Friday 10am – 12noon)

Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW

07540 413 805 or email


Dementia Support Service

A peer support, activity and social group for people with dementia and their carers. Come along and have a drink and a chat, share your skills and experience and meet with people in a similar situation to your own in a warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Meeting fourth Wednesday of each month, 10.30am – 12.00noon
Rutland Hub, Lands’ End Way, Oakham LE15 6RB
Contact Sarah Ball on 01572 824048 or 07739 630661

Arts 4 Dementia  

A national organisation providing arts programmes that empower and inspire people with early stage dementia and their carers, through artistic stimulation

Acorn Day Centre (Age UK) 

Offering companionship and support for independent living, Tuesdays 10.00am - 3.00pm

The Lodge, Stamford Road, Oakham Rutland LE15 6JX

Contact Samantha Carnall on 0116 299 2269 or


Oakham Catmose Sports Centre


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 to come 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.


Carers Sitters Service   

Covering Stamford, Bourne, Deepings and the PE9 villages of Rutland and East Northamptonshire, this free service offers carers a break from caring by providing trained sitters.

41 North Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire. PE10 9AE

01778 420 257 or email


Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland

Offering support through a free advice line, open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. Sitting service, dementia day clubs, home helpers.

13 High Street East, Uppingham, LE15 9PY

Contact Penny Stimpson on 01572 822 171 or Yvonne Rawlings on 01572 823 942

Age UK Telephone Helpline - 0800 678 1602.

Dove Cottage Day Care, Ridlington, Rutland   

01572 722630

Private agencies that may offer respite care 


Always Take Care

24 hour live-in care


Bluebird Care Agency

Home support & 24 hour live-in care  


Goldfinch Care Agency

Home support & 24 hour live-in care


Home Straight



Private residential care homes that may offer respite care



Tixover House Care Home, Tixover,


Chater Lodge, Ketton


Ardale Oakham Grange Barleythorpe


Manton Hall


Oak House Residential Home Ltd, Greetham

Rutland Care Village, Oakham


Crown House Care Home, Oakham


Belton House, Belton in Rutland


Aberdeen House, Uppingham


Wisteria House, Uppingham

Oakham Grange, Barleythorpe 

Wheatfield Way, Barleythorpe, Oakham, LE15 7UD





Leicerstershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief Of Suffering, Groby Road, Leicester,


Sue Ryder, Peterborough

Thorpe Hall, Peterborough

Other sources of assistance

Rutland County Council

Care and support plans from the adult social care team

01572 722577


Rutland Information Service

A directory of health and well being services for adults, children and families

01572 758495

Home Instead

Senior care in your own home

01572 898147

The Caring Company Rutland

Bespoke care service in your own home

01572 722344

Elder UK

Private personal home care assistants

Live in care, elderly own home care, dementia care

Marie Curie

Nursing care at home for a terminal illness

Macmillan Nurses

Nursing care at home for a terminal illness, emotional advice and symptom management provided at home

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


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