A carer is anyone who cares, unwaged for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer; they are just looking after their mother, son, or best friend, just getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in the same situation.
Carers are extremely important within families and communities and often help those they care for to live independently for longer. Unwaged carers have a tough job – it can mean unrelenting pressure, little chance to relax and a lot of worry. The system is complicated, and the issue is often hidden.
Gaddum provides support for carers in Manchester and Salford.
Salford Carers Service
Salford Carers Service has been supporting carers locally since 2001. We offer a comprehensive range of support, tailored to individual carer’s needs.
If you look after someone who has mental health issues, physical disability, long term illness, learning disability, drug or alcohol issues, dementia or frailty due to old age, we are here to support you.
- Our team can offer 1-to-1 information, advice and emotional support, we can signpost you to other services and support you to access a Carers Assessment.
- We offer outreach services in your local community, as well as working with a host of partners in health, social care and the voluntary sector to make sure that carers are identified and supported in a timely way.
- We will support you as carers to set up and run your own peer support groups and we run a number of carer focus courses each year.
- We have an award winning young carers and young adult carers service which works closely educational providers in the Salford and other youth service providers; our support is for the whole family.
- We work with other non statutory partners in the city, such as the Lowry Theatre, to ensure we can support carers tackle the poverty of isolation
You can stay up to date with our activities by following us on the website & via Twitter, or sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter for adult carers by emailing us.
Contact us to find out more:
Address: Salford carers have moved, the new address is 34 St Georges Way, Salford, M6 6SU. Click here for travel information.
Tel: 0161 834 6069
Manchester Carers Network
Gaddum manage the Manchester Carers Network which includes 18 voluntary organisations providing information, advice and support to carers. We work closely with partners like Manchester City Council, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and increasingly GPs, hospitals and many others – including the Greater Manchester carers agenda.
We aim to help improve carers’ health and wellbeing and reduce ‘carer breakdown’ (when carers are in crisis). We do this by coordinating carer support and working to increase the number of carers being identified.
See which organisations are in the Network and visit their website
Our work with Young Carers
Gaddum have been working closely with Manchester City Council, Our Manchester, Be Bothered campaign and a number of local organisations to create,
This is an easy to read booklet which helps young carers to understand their rights and the rights of those that they care for.
If you are a young carer living in Manchester you can also visit Manchester City Council’s, Help and Support website for additional advice, information and support.
‘As a Young Carer you have the right to access facilities that will make life easier for both you and those you are caring for. Ask about your rights.’