Am I a carer?

The Carers Trust defines a carer as someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help.

This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance abuse problems.'

People from all walks of life and backgrounds become carers - over 3 in 5 people will become carers at some point in their lives.

What help is available to me?

We recognise the strength and sacrifices required to be a carer. So, if you care, we care. Sometimes, carers can feel alone and isolated from the support they deserve. Fortunately, there is lots of information, advice and support available to carers. Just a few of the sources of information and support are listed below. They're worth exploring.

Carers UK

Carers UK is a fantastic web site full of practical advice to help you get the best for the person you care for; make the most of your income; stay in paid work and keep healthy. This site lets you become a part of a supportive online community of carers. Standard membership is free.

Devon Carers

For those living in Exeter, a really good place to start is to look at the Devon Carers web site. Devon Carers is run by eight organisations working together to improve the quality of services for carers in Devon. On the Devon Carers web site you can find a wealth of information, including:

  • Benefits
  • Take a Break opportunities
  • Support groups
  • Having your say
  • Information leaflets and much more

Tel: 08456 434 435

Web: www.devoncarers.org.uk/devon-carers

St Leonard's Practice

The Surgery
Athelstan Road
Exeter EX1 1SB

Surgery opening hours
Monday to Friday 08:15 - 18:00
Closed Wed 13:00 - 14:00

Appointment Line: 01392 201 791
General Enquiries: 01392 201 790
Email: D-CCG.StLeonardsPractice@nhs.net

Surgery telephone hours
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 18:00

The St Leonard's Practice provides GP and family doctor services to patients in Exeter, Wonford, Heavitree, St Leonard's, Whipton, Stoke Hill and Pennsylvania.