A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
Evie Munson and Charlotte Garlinge are the Carers Leads at Wyke Regis and Lanehouse Medical Practice. We usually have a Carers Corner at all sites, but due to the pandemic we will be updating this page with useful information.
It's important that you register with Carer Support Dorset. Once you have registered with them, they will be able to advise and support you and you'll receive regular updates on what support is available to you via a newsletter. You will also be entitled to a Carers Card which enables discount in some Dorset cafes, shops, attractions and professional services. Carer Support Dorset will arrange a Carers Assessment for you. Every Carer is entitled to an assessment and this will help confirm that you are receiving all the support that you are entitled to as an unpaid carer. There is a lot of helpful information on their website. You can register yourself with Carers Support Dorset or, if you're unable to, you can contact Evie and she can do this for you. Carers Support Dorset will then call you for a follow-up chat to see what support and signposting they can offer you.
The Carers Caseworker for Weymouth and Portland is Kay Linehan-cross who runs a virtual carers group every month. Please click here for more information.
For support for Young Carers please click here
For support during COVID please click here. We also have some information under our 'Coronavirus Advice' tab.
Do you care for someone who dementia?
Do you worry they may leave their home and go missing? The Herbert Protocol may help find them quickly and get them home safe. Please click here for more information
Weymouth Carers' Support Group December Newsletter
Caring Matters Magazine- Autumn/Winter 20/21
PramaLIFE Carers Befriending and Mentoring. - For patients who care for someone in the Bournemouth area.
Chat2gether and Pen2paper
Refresh (The Church of Weymouth and Portland in Action) and Weymouth Town Council have collaborated to launch two exciting new projects: Chat2gether and Pen2paper. Please click here for more information or contact Rosie on 07902 217 942 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know Dorset Council are now giving free PPE to Carers if they are:
- An extra-resident unpaid carer, meaning that they do not live with the person they care for
- a co-resident unpaid carer, meaning that they live with the person they care for
- an unpaid carer and they are caring for a clinically vulnerable person
Carers can apply for this by calling Dorset Council on 01305 221000 or by visiting www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/unpaidcarersPPE
Here are some useful documents:
If only I'd known that- One Carers Experience.
Carers Useful Contacts and Websites