Information for Carers




Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.


image of a carer


image of a carer

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers: Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
  • Benefits for the under-65s: Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
  • Benefits for the over-65s: Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
  • Carer's Assessment: How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
  • Other benefits: Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone: 0808 802 0202



Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

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Carers First

Carers First is a local organisation that can provide a wide range of services to unpaid carers in Waltham Forest, including:

  • Help with Social Services 
  • Support Groups 
  • Trips and activities 
  • A carers’ newsletter 
  • A listening ear

To find out what kind of support is available, you can contact Carers First by telephone on 0300 303 1555.

Did you know, as a carer, you are entitled to an annual health check and free influenza vaccine. The Practice has produced a Carers Pack which includes some general information that may be useful in addition to a list of useful contacts.