There is lots of support for carers nationally, locally, and from within the health and care system.  Because there is so much support and lots of different providers of that it can seem overwhelming and confusing.   We also know that one thing staff carers are short of is time – so finding the time to search for the right support for you (rather than the person you are caring for), is very often impossible to do.

We want to simplify and streamline this and ensure that the right support for you is easy to find.

National Support

Support for carers – Lincolnshire County Council

If you click on the first tab (information, advice and support for carers) you’ll find links to national organisations that support carers including a wealth of digital support from Carers UK.  This includes access to a free app Jointly which makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.  To get access to all of the Carers UK digital resources for carers visit carersdigital.org and sign up using the free access code for Lincolnshire DGTL1946.

Local Support

The Lincolnshire Carer Service

The Lincolnshire Carer Service offers support for all unpaid carers in the County.  Support is tailored to each individual but will start with telephone based information and support from the customer service centre. To request support from the Lincolnshire Carer Service, click on this link.

Request for support – Request for support form - Lincolnshire County Council

If further support is needed this is provided by Carers First who work directly with you to help you to live your life to the fullest.  Their advisors and the events that they hold can support with many different aspects of your caring role.

For more information about Carers First, the support and events that they run click on this link. Online, Phone & In Person Support for Unpaid Carers - Lincolnshire | Carers First

Connect To Support

Connect to Support is a free online directory providing information about a range of services in Lincolnshire to support carers and people being cared for

System Support

Networks – Staff from all health and care organisations are invited to join the digital staff carers network which is a closed Facebook group where we share information and signposting.

Lincolnshire Carers Project Digital Network | Facebook

LPFT, LCHS and ULHT staff can contact their EDI team to find out about their staff carer networks who will be able to support and direct you to information about policies and special leave that may be able to support you within your organisation.  If you work outside these organisations you can contact your HR department for help with this.

NHS Staff Carer Coproduction Group – This group meets once a month and is integral part of staff carer support.  Members of staff with lived experience share ideas and thoughts and help to guide and have an important input into supporting our staff carers.  For more information about this group click here.

Information sessions – There are a number of information sessions on topics important to carers that are available to watch back.