Who this support is for

Find out what a carer is and how we support them, including examples of the types of care they provide.


A 'carer' is an unpaid person who regularly looks after, helps, or supports someone who wouldn't be able to manage everyday life without them. Often this is a relative, neighbour or friend. This is different to a paid care worker.

We recognise how important carers are and want to make sure they get the support they need. You can contact the Essex Wellbeing Service for advice and information about being a carer. They can help signpost you towards relevant support services. This may include a referral for a carers assessment.

Carers often find it difficult to take a break or to look after their own health. It can be overwhelming and sometimes difficult to know if you are doing the right thing, especially if you are new to the role. We can help with:

If you are under 18

You are considered a young carer if you regularly look after someone and are under the age of 18.

The person you look after could be a parent, sibling or other relative.

We offer specific support for young carers, including a young carers assessment.

If you are a parent caring for a disabled child

If you are a parent or guardian who looks after a child with disabilities, a long-term health condition, or learning difficulties, there are ways to get support for you and your family.

If you care for an adult with autism

Our Local Linked Support team can help you to achieve short term goals. This support service is available to adults with autism or minor learning disabilities, as well as their carers. Find out more about Local Linked Support.