Torbay Carers Service
Torbay Carers Service
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Signposts for Carers: 01803 666620
Email: Signposts for Carers
Does someone rely on you? Are you an unpaid carer?
There are more than 32,000 people across Torbay and South Devon who support a friend or relative. They may be helping with shopping or meals, attending appointments with them, or just making sure that they are alright. They may be an older couple who do things for each other, a parent carer or young carer. They may not see themselves as a ‘carer’ or know about the support available to them.
We believe that all carers are important. We want to actively support and work in partnership with carers, to get the best outcomes for both them and the person for whom they care. Our commitment to this is in our carers policy, and in our action plan which will help us to achieve this.
The first step is to identify yourself as a carer to the people working with the person for whom you care, whether that be a nurse, a community care worker, a GP, a receptionist or someone else.
The second step is to find out more about the wide range of information and support available to you.
If you care for someone who lives in Devon, visit www.devoncarers.org.uk
For carers in Torbay, many services are ‘Universal Services’ which any carer can access without needing an assessment. You can find in more detail about all of these services on our web pages, and the associated leaflets, or by reading ‘Carers in Torbay’ (correct at time of publication). We would always suggest that you see a Carer Support Worker at your Doctor’s surgery or at Carers Trust Phoenix (formerly Crossroads), or as a minimum call Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620.
A carer from Torbay was interviewed in March 2016 on Hiblio TV and gave an account of her experience of being a carer. There are many people in Torbay who carry out significant support for others, and it is hoped that this interview will help others to identify the role that they undertake and how the support offered by the Torbay Carers Service can help them to cope better.