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Support available to all carers

​As a carer you can choose which services you use.

If you're an unpaid carer, you can get free support to maintain your health, independence and wellbeing, and care safely and confidently.

We commission a dedicated service for unpaid adult carers, young adult carers and young carers. It's called Maximising Wellbeing of Unpaid Carers and provides a range of support including:

  • information, advice and guidance
  • emotional and practical support
  • access to financial support and advice
  • peer support
  • free training courses            

Since August 2023, this service has been run by Imago - a social action charity with a successful track record of delivering services and projects across London and the south-east of England.

To find out more or to get support, visit Imago’s website, call 0300 373 5769 or email ucwellbeing@imago.community.

Other services include:

What you need to think about

Before you choose support it is important that you think about how your caring role affects your wellbeing and about any advice that you need in relation to:

  • financial support: carer's allowance, carer's credit, tax credits, benefits and independent financial advice
  • practical support: cleaning, laundry and gardening services
  • health: any health needs and long term health conditions
  • social: help you may need with the caring role.

The NHS and third-sector organisations, including AGE UK, produced the guidance document below for carers, especially those who are aged over 65, or are new to their caring role. 

Join our unpaid carers forum

hold a drop-in forum for unpaid carers every month. This a forum where anyone who cares for a relative or friend can meet other carers, tell us whether they’re getting the support they need, and help influence council decisions and services that affect carers.

Join us on the last Tuesday of the month from 1-3pm at the Civic Suite, Catford, or join online. Email proudtocare@lewisham.gov.uk to let us know you’re coming. 

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