Support For Carers

Unity Carer Centers offer specialist information, support advocacy and advice. Respite away from the role in the form of day trips, health and wellbeing services, social activities and peer support from fellow carers.

If you are an unpaid or family carer of almost any age you can access support from our Carer Centres in South and North Ayrshire (including Arran and Cumbrae).

The person receiving care can be a relative, friend or neighbor. Care can be provided in more simplistic ways such as helping with the weekly shop to cooking meals. Support is not restricted to physical care but can be also emotional support ranging from just giving a listening ear or taking care of their financial affairs or their own health.


“A person who provides physical or emotional care to family or friend”

Young Carers & Young Adult Carers

A young carer is between the age of eight and eighteen years old who provides support to a family member, whose life is affected by alcohol and or drug misuse, mental or physical illness or disability and who may have emotional and physical responsibilities beyond those normally given to children of their age.

Young adult carers are between the age of 18 and 25 years old. Again similar to young carers they may be looking after their mother, father, brother, sister, and grandparents but at this older age this might extend to close friends or partner.


Support for adult carers

Are you an adult carer?

An adult carer is 18 years or older. Each carer and the person they provide support for is an individual so the support that is provided will be unique to them. However, there are certain roles and tasks that many carers can and do provide, and these can typically include the following:

  • helping someone get up and dressed in the morning
  • supporting them to eat/drink
  • helping someone to have social opportunities
  • doing household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing and shopping
  • supporting with budgeting and money matters
  • supporting someone with letters, phone calls and emails
  • accompanying them to appointments
  • providing general company and companionship

Why might someone need the support of their carer?

There are lots of different circumstances that can lead to a person being supported by a carer, and these may include any one or more of the following:

  • dementia
  • frailty as a result of ageing
  • physical disability
  • learning disability
  • sensory impairment
  • acute episode of illness/disease
  • long term health condition
  • mental ill-health
  • alcohol or drug misuse
  • terminal health conditions such as cancer

Providing care and support for individuals with a range of complex health conditions can be challenging. Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances the level of input an individual requires, and the subsequent demands on the carer, can change frequently and dramatically. We recognise a change in circumstances can have a significant impact on the carer in respect of their own health and wellbeing.

Getting support

An Adult Carer Support Plan is an important way of identifying your needs as an unpaid carer. One of our Social Workers or one of the team from North or South Ayrshire Carers Centre will arrange a good time to meet you to have an informal discussion about your caring role.

The support plan gives you the opportunity to identify the following:

  • your thoughts and feelings about caring
  • your relationship with the cared for person
  • your social and leisure activities
  • your physical and mental health
  • your education and work life goals
  • what would make things easier for you to carry out your caring role
  • whether a short break is needed
  • what would happen in an emergency, if you were unable to care.

Following the Adult Carers Support Plan discussion, we will make a plan to help support you. We will also let you know whether your needs are “eligible” for support from the local Health and Social Care Partnership. We use Local Eligibility Criteria to help us make this decision.

We will meet the needs of carers whose needs are Critical and Substantial. If you do not have needs that are Critical or Substantial, we will give you information and advice, including what local support is available. This could include, for example, help from North or South Ayrshire Carers Centre.

If at any time you feel that things you do to look after your relative or friend has changed or increased you can ask for a review of your Adult Carer Support Plan.

If you think an Adult Carer Support Plan could benefit you, please contact your local South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership office on 0300 123 0900m, or for North Ayrshire contact your local Health and Social Care Partnership office.

You can also contact North and South Carers Centre directly via the contact page on this website, we can discuss and complete an Adult Carer Support Plan with you.

South Ayrshire Carers Newsletters:

North Ayrshire Carers Newsletters:

South Ayrshire Carers Newsletters:

South Ayrshire Carers Centre
43 Sandgate,

Tel: 01292 263000

You can email us via the contact page.

North Ayrshire Carers Newsletters:

North Ayrshire Carers Centre
174 High St,
KA12 8AN

Tel: 01294 311333

You can email us via the contact page.