Carer's Outreach and Local Support Groups
If you look after someone, who due who due to ill health, physical or mental illness, disability, frailty, or addiction cannot manage without your support then you are a carer and you may want to talk to someone about your caring situation and to discuss what support you may need.
Carers FIRST supports unpaid carers living in Haringey, by providing information, advice and guidance looking holistically on all aspects of you as a carer and an individual.
You don't have to wait until you are struggling or there is a crisis to talk to us. If you're looking after a friend or relative, you can talk to someone about your situation and discuss what support you may need.
Carers FIRST is excited to launch its new online tool for carers - My Navigator. Carers answer a few simple questions about where they live and why they visited the site and My Navigator will pull up relevant information and articles from their website without the need to search for advice.
Carers who provide their email address also have the option for the search results and links to be sent to their inbox so they can refer to it at any time.
For those who have a bit more time, there is a 'tell us more' section that asks for a few more details. This enables My Navigator to provide more information, for example details of local support by specific condition, or information about emergency planning.
Carers FIRST offers a range of support including the following:
- Providing information, advice and guidance specific to you as a carer and individual
- Supporting you with conversations with people including GPs, social services and hospitals
- Offering opportunities to access practical training to help you with your caring role, eg first aid
- Offering opportunities to access practical training to help you with your caring role through workshops
- Providing access to talk to other carers and share peer support through their online Carers Forum
- Supporting you to maximise you household income by assisting with checking your eligibility for benefits and financial support
- Providing opportunities to attend support groups and activities where you can meet others in a similar situation to yourself
- Staying in regular contact through our Carers Hub phone line, website, monthly e-bulletins and regular "What's On" guides
- Providing opportunities for carers to become involved in helping develop and improve services for carers
Carers FIRST provides a dedicated telephone support service through their Carers Hub. Someone is available to take your call from 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4.30pm on Fridays. Carers can call the hub to register at any time or ask questions about their caring role.
Drop-in session details
- First Monday of the Month, 1pm to 3pm - Hornsey Central Surgery, 151 Park Road, London, N8 8JD
- Last Friday of the month, 10am to 12 noon - Shine Enterprise Centre, 89-91 Turnpike Lane, London, N8 0DY
In Haringey there are a number of organisations offering support and advice which you can access directly, including:
- Carers Coffee Morning
Open to all carers and run by amazing volunteers. A lovely safe space with good coffee and home-made cakes, newspapers and fresh flowers, where Carers can enjoy talking amongst themselves and supporting each other.
- Every Thursday - 10am-12.30pm
- Markfield Project (external link)
Tel: 020 8800 4134
Inclusive services and support groups for disabled and non-disabled children, young people, adults and their families.
- Transition and Adulthood Carer Support Group, Fridays 10am-12 noon during a 10-week term
- Parent Carer Support Group, Fridays 10am-12 noon during a 12-week term
- HAGA Families Services (external link)
Tel: 020 8801 3999
Offers advice and support, one-to-one appointments and group sessions for family and friends affected by drug and alcohol use. They offer a:
- Family, Friends and Carers Saturday support group. Fridays 10am-12 noon during a 12-week term
- Alzheimer’s Society Haringey Branch (external link)
Tel: 020 8937 7171 or 07889 604 236
Support for carers and cared for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Dementia Café offers a place to relax, socialise and meet other people with dementia and their Carers, Wednesdays 2-4pm.
- Young Onset Dementia Support Group (YoYo)
Email Rose de Paeztron: YOYOyoungonset@gmail.com
A mutual support group for people diagnosed with young onset dementia and their Carers. We look out for each other at our meetings and activities.
- Meet every Friday with a rotating schedule of events
- SGV Cancer Support Weekly Drop-in (external link)
Tel: 0203 751 2433 / 0788 4444062
For people over 18 with cancer, their friends, relatives/carers. SGV Cancer Support aims to make a difference to people affected by cancer and promote good health by raising cancer awareness.
- Every Tuesday, 1pm-3.30pm
- Rethink Mental Illness (external link)
Tel: 01823 365 308
Group open to Carers and people with mental illness.
- First Thursday of every quarter from 7pm, Suffolk House, 451 Green Lanes, N13 4BS