Useful links for carers
This page lists useful websites that provide further information, advice and support to carers.
Our section on finding accommodation if you have special requirements lists more organisations and websites offering advice and information on getting support at home or moving into supported or sheltered accommodation.
Information and support for carers
Carers Scotland provides information and advice for carers and campaigns to improve carers' rights. The Carers Scotland website has lots of information on all aspects of caring, including financial issues, balancing your caring role with work and education and where to get help. You can also meet and talk to other carers through the online discussion forums.
Contact A Family
Contact A Family is a charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children, no matter what their health condition. Visit their website for lots of useful information and advice on bringing up a disabled child, and to get in touch with other families with disabled children, get advice on starting up your own parents' group or access their comprehensive medical directory of specific conditions and rare disorders.
Crossroads Scotland runs schemes across Scotland to provide breaks for carers. They also operate a helpline on 0141 353 6504.
The Direct.gov website has useful information on benefits, balancing work and caring, entering education, caring for a disabled child and young carers.
National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL)
The NCIL works to help disabled people live independently. Use the website to find your nearest Centre for Independent Living, where you can get advice on self-directed support (direct payments), personal assistance and other independent living issues.
Princess Royal Trust for Carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of carers' support services in the UK. The website has lots of useful advice and information on issues affecting carers, including a comprehensive help directory and online discussion forums.
UK Home Care Association (UKHCA)
The UKHCA website has advice on choosing home care and a searchable database of organisations that provide home care.
Help for young carers
This website offers advice and support for young people who care for family members. If you want to discuss your problems, you can contact an online youth worker, post messages on the YC net forums or join in the chat room.
Young Carers Initiative
The Young Carers Initiative website lists useful websites for young carers, and has contact details for young carers' projects across the UK. Their 'who's who' is very helpful - this explains the roles of all the different people you may deal with as a young carer.
Information for people who are being cared for
The new Mental Health Act: an easy read guide
This comprehensive guide from the Scottish Government has information on the rights of carers and the people they look after under the Mental Health Act 2007 and is written in a straightforward way that's easy to understand.