Guide

Becoming a carer
Last updated: 11 November 2019

Help and support

There are many organisations that offer advice and support if you're a carer or a person using self-directed care.

Carers Scotland
0808 808 7777
Gives expert advice, information and support to carers.

Carers Trust
0300 123 2008
Aims to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend.

Young Carers
youngcarers@carers.org
Supports people under 18 who are caring for someone.

Age Scotland
0800 12 44 222
Provides information, friendship and advice and a confidential freephone for older people, their carers and families in Scotland.

Shared Care Scotland
0138 362 2462
Works to improve the quality and provision of short breaks for carers in Scotland.

Breathing Space
0800 83 85 87
Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am
Friday 6pm to Monday 6am
Offers individual support and advice if you need someone to talk to.

Care Information Scotland
0845 600 1001, 8am to 10pm
Provides information about care services for people living in Scotland.

NHS 24
Call free on 111
Scotland's national telehealth and telecare organisation.

NHS inform
0800 22 44 88, 8am to 10pm
Provides quality-assured health information.

Counselling Directory
0333 344 7990
Find a counsellor or support service near you.