Support groups and activities for carers

BSL Support

Training, activities and events

Many carers find that having an activity outside of caring is essential to their own well-being. It gives them a break from the demands of caring and helps boost their self-esteem.

Click on the Health and social care directory links and enter your postcode to find local organisations that you can get involved with.

Newhams Intergrated Carers Support Service

For many, caring is a rewarding and positive experience, but for others without the right help and support, caring can feel overwhelming.

You do not need to wait until you are struggling or there is a crisis to ask for support. Carers FIRST provides an integrated carers support service, this means they offer support to all carers from the age of 5 and upwards.

Carers who would like support can refer themselves, or may be referred by a school or professional who knows the family with their permission. The service can help with:

  • Tailored information, advice and guidance, including specialist support for young carers aged 5-18
  • Opportunities to talk in detail about your caring role and co-produce a plan to support you, linking into other local services
  • Accessing and preparing for a carer’s assessment
  • Support with conversations with people and services including GPs, social care and hospitals
  • Practical training to help with your caring role
  • Supporting families to maximise household income by providing information about welfare benefits and financial support
  • Access to groups, activities and our Carers on-line forum so you can meet and chat to others in a similar situation to yourself
  • Regular contact by telephone, CarersFIRST website and on-line chat, monthly e-bulletins and regular “What’s On” guides containing details of groups supported by Carers FIRST and other organisations and
  • Support you to plan for now, the future and emergencies.

Carers FIRST also run “virtual” drop-in sessions on Wednesday evenings 6-8pm. You can visit their website and click on the “Chat to Us” button and a member of the team will be there to talk to you.

Newham Rise

Newham Rise can help if you:

  • Are worried about the drug or alcohol use of someone you care for
  • Would like to talk to someone about how another person’s drug use is affecting you.

Newham Rise provides a range of support to families, individuals and carers in Newham affected by drugs and alcohol.
Services include family, couple and individual therapeutic interventions such as:

  • Counselling
  • Carers' support group
  • Drugs and alcohol awareness
  • Carers' assessments
  • Parenting support
  • Evening clinic: 5pm-7pm.