Carers living in East Lothian, who are on a low income and who are looking after someone who is 21 or over, can apply for a Breaks from Caring grant to help them take a little time out from their caring role.
Last year we helped carers and the people they care for claim over £1 million in annualised welfare benefits. Could we help you or someone you know?
Mental health problems affects one person in three in Scotland. Mental Health Carers can be very isolated and struggle to cope with their loved one’s depression or erratic behavior. We have a dedicated worker to support Mental Health Carers.
Carers often have poor health themselves and are frequently under a great deal of stress. We can help as a listening ear and provide support on techniques to manage stress. We can also help carers get the support they need from their GPs and others.
Power of Attorney is important for people who are becoming less able. It can allow a friend or family member to manage their affairs and make decisions when they are no longer able to do so. We can provide information and help complete forms for FREE.
We run a range of monthly support groups for carers across East Lothian and workshops and events to help ensure carers have the information they need. All these are friendly and welcoming and a good chance to meet other carers.