These groups and services can offer support and guidance to help you care for someone.

We’ve published this information in good faith but things do change. If you’re interested in a group or session always call or check the website beforehand to check details.

Ambition Sefton

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides help and support to the residents of Sefton who have a drug and alcohol problem. This service is called Ambition Sefton and it offers a wide range of recovery focused treatment pathways.

Website: Ambition Sefton - Mersey Care

 

Kinship Carers

Kinship Carers is a City wide support group for kin carers who have taken on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren, nephews, nieces etc when their biological parents can no longer raise them. Our service promotes equality, health and education, one to one support, drop in support, advice, activities/trips for children and stressless days for kin carers.    

Ellergreen Community Centre, Ellergreen Road, Liverpool, L11 2RY

Tel: 0151 270 2108

Email: eve@kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk

Website: www.kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk

 

Sanctuary Family Support

An award winning charity that provides a range of services to family members and carers including support, advice, respite, counselling and relaxation therapies.

322-326 Upper Parliament Street L8 7QL

Tel: 0151 735 0747

Email: info@sanctuaryfs.org 

Website: www.sanctuaryfs.com

 

Sefton Carers' Centre

Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton. For more information and free registration please contact the Carers Support Team on 0151 288 6060, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm, or visit their website:

www.sefton-carers.org.uk

 

Other websites:

Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton

Age Concern offers a range of services including counselling for people aged 50 and over.

Address: 179 Townsend Lane Liverpool L13 9DY

Liverpool Tel: 0151 330 5678

Sefton Tel: 01704 542 993

Website: https://www.ageconcernliverpoolandsefton.org.uk/

 

Carers Direct

An NHS website with information, advice and support for carers and families.

Website: www.nhs.uk/carersdirect   

 

Carers Trust

A national website offering help, information, advice and signposting on many aspects of caring including your rights, your local carers centre and events and social opportunities for carers.

Website: http://www.carers.org

 

Carers UK

Expert information, advice and support is offered, alongside a live carers forum, online mentoring (with a trained volunteer), face to face support and a search engine for local support services.

Website: www.carersuk.org

 

Carers Support Group

An informal support group in Formby. Carers and those they care for are all welcome every Friday at 2.00pm to 4.00pm for tea, cake support, information and encouragement.

Address: Formby Methodist Church, 4 Elbow Lane, Formby, L37 4AF

Tel: Sue and John Ensor on 01704 830 147

 

Compass Counselling Services

This charity provides counselling. To refer yourself or someone else call and speak to a member of the team.

Address: 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH

Tel: 0151 237 3993

Website: http://www.compasscounselling.org.uk

 

Kinship Carers

Kinship Carers is a City wide support group for kin carers who have taken on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren, nephews, nieces etc. when their biological parents can no longer raise them.  Our service promotes equality, health and education, one to one support, drop in support, advice, activities/trips  for children and stressless days for kin carers.

Address: Ellergreen Community Centre, Ellergreen Road, Liverpool, L11 2RY

Tel: 0151 270 2108

Email: eve@kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk

Website: www.kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk

 

Knowsley Carers’ Centre

The centre provides a range of services. You will need to register for free, either by telephone or through the website.

Address: 143 Bewley Drive, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PE

Tel: 0151 549 1412

Email: enquiries@knowsleycarers.co.uk

Website: www.knowsleycarers.co.uk

 

Listening Ear

A counselling service based in the Halewood area for people aged between 16 and 25 across the north west and adults who live in Knowsley or are registered with a Knowsley GP.

Address: St Nicholas Centre, 70 Church Road, Halewood, Merseyside, L26 6LB

Tel: 0151 488 6648

Website: www.listening-ear.co.uk

 

Liverpool City Council Carer services

To locate carer services across Liverpool, go onto the Council website, type a word which describes what you need, eg ‘support’ into the search engine to bring up related services.

Website: www.liverpool.gov.uk

 

Local Solutions Liverpool and Liverpool Carers Centre

In order to use the services on offer at Local Solutions you will need to complete an online self assessment. Alternatively contact Careline, who will send the assessment form to you for completion and return. The form will be forwarded to Local Solutions who work in partnership with the council. They will then contact you to tailor a programme around your needs.

Address: Mount Vernon Green, Hall Lane, Liverpool, L7 8TF

Tel: 0151 709 0990

Website: www.localsolutions.org.uk

 

Mary Seacole House

A support service for people from black and minority ethnic groups who care for those with a mental illness. Services include befriending, breaks, stress reduction services, education and lunch clubs.Address: 91 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool, L8 7LB

Tel: 0151 707 0319

Website: www.maryseacolehouse.com

 

Merseyside Chinese Community Development Association

Help and support for carers in the Chinese community, including information on carers rights, health related support and direction with financial and employment related issues.

Website: http://www.chinesewellbeing.co.uk

 

PSS

A young carers’ support service that includes respite social activities. Shared Lives, an adult placement programme, seeks to give the service user more independence in a safe and supporting environment.

Address: Eleanor Rathbone House, Connect Business Village, 24 Derby Road, Liverpool, L5 9PR

Tel: 0151 702 5555

Website: www.psspeople.com

 

Mersey Care Recovery College

The Recovery College offers a variety of courses for carers.

Tel: 0151 330 4140

Email: recovery.college@merseycare.nhs.uk

 

Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton.For more information and free registration please contact the Carers Support Team on 0151 288 6060, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm

Website: www.sefton-carers.org.uk

 

St Helens Carers Centre

The Centre provides a wide range of services to all carers, including young carers. 

Address: 31-35 Baldwin Street, St Helens, WA10 2RS

Tel: 01744 675 615

Website: http://www.sthelenscarers.org.uk/  

 

Wellbeing Liverpool

An online directory for mental health and wellbeing services, activities and groups in Liverpool.

Website: http://www.wellbeingliverpool.co.uk

Mersey Care Eating Disorders Service Support Groups

Carers can join a Support Group at William House held on the 1st Tuesday of the month between 5.30pm and 7.00pm

Address: William House, Rathbone Hospital L13 4AW

Tel: 0151 471 7751

 

Beat

The Beat website has lots of information that you may find useful if you think you or somebody you know has an eating disorder. Their helpline number is 0808 801 0677.

 

Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton. For more information and free registration please contact the Carers Support Team on 0151 288 6060, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm, or visit their website:

www.sefton-carers.org.uk

 

Eating Disorders Service

 

Children and Young People's Eating Disorder Service

Supporting Families and Carers

Within our Specialist Learning Disability services we understand the value of working closely with families and carers so that everyone is fully involved with decisions that are made. You have a vital role in helping us to help them and we will involve you as a partner in how we plan and deliver care.

Our friendly and informal group of family members meet every six weeks in our Maplewood building on our Whalley site to discuss topics that affect them and their families. You are warmly invited to come along and listen, join in, ask questions or suggest topics for future discussion.

See our come to an event page for information about meeting dates.

We also offer training courses. 

 

Parents and Friends Association for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties

Club 25 is registered as Parents and Friends Association for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties, which is a registered charity providing social, leisure and recreational facilities for young adults with slight to moderate learning difficulties.

Members meet socially once a week for a social evening and disco on a Wednesday between 7 and 10.  Leisure facilities include day trips, barbecues and weekend breaks.

Address: 33 Wicks Green, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1PP

Tel: Ronie Barodekar on 01704 870 399

 

Asperger's Carers Group

The group is a self-help and peer support group.  It meets on the first Monday of every month 1-4pm.

Address: Rathbone Hospital Library, William House, Mill Lane (off Edge Lane), L13 4AW.

Contact: John or Alicia Whelan 07887 369 550 - or just come along.

 

New Directions

New Directions provides respite care and support for people caring for someone with learning disabilities or dementia.

Address: 3rd Floor, Burlington House, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0PJ

Tel: 0151 526 0090

Website: http://www.ndirections.co.uk/

 

Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton. For more information and free registration please contact the Carers Support Team on 0151 288 6060, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm, or visit their website:

www.sefton-carers.org.uk

Bipolar UK

Are a national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

 

Carers Mental Health Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of every month from 12 noon till 3.00pm.

at Liverpool Carers Centre.

Address: Mount Vernon Green, Hall Lane, Liverpool L7 8TF

Tel: 0151 705 2308

 

Caring Alone  

Caring Alone is a free online support and social service for young carers aged 16 to 30. It offers help, information and support to those caring for somebody with health needs. To access the help on offer young carers need to register online.

Website: www.caringalone.org.uk/

 

Dementia Friends

By becoming a dementia friend you can help raise awareness to help eradicate the stigma surrounding dementia. To find your nearest session click on the link and enter your postcode.

Website: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

 

Live Well Directory

The Live Well Liverpool website contains lots of information and advice about dementia for people who are worried about their memory, going through assessment and living with dementia.

You can hear people’s stories and get advice about different aspects of dementia and supporting someone who has dementia. There’s also a database of all the services provided by NHS, social care and voluntary organisations for people in Liverpool.

Website: www.thelivewelldirectory.com/

 

Early Intervention Service Liverpool and Sefton

The trust’s Early Intervention teams run six week relatives educational courses for relatives of people with psychosis. It provides peer support, as well as educating family members on how to manage psychosis. The course is open to those over 16 at various venues in respond to demand.  

 

 

Everton FC Pass on the Memories

Everton Football Club, in partnership with Mersey Care, runs this support programme for people who suffer from dementia and their carers. A range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops, custom-made life story memory books and calendars, day trips to local places of interest and social activities all help people to share important memories and create new ones.

Address: Goodison Rd, Liverpool, Merseyside L4 4EL

Website: www.evertonfc.com/community/health-and-wellbeing/the-projects/pass-on-the-memories

 

Kinship Carers

Kinship Carers is a City wide support group for kin carers who have taken on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren, nephews, nieces etc. when their biological parents can no longer raise them.  Our service promotes equality, health and education, one to one support, drop in support, advice, activities/trips  for children and stressless days for kin carers.    

Ellergreen Community Centre, Ellergreen Road, Liverpool, L11 2RY

Tel: 0151 270 2108

Email: eve@kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk

Website: www.kinshipcarersliverpool.org.uk

 

Landlife

People in Knowsley with mild mental health problems and their carers are invited to attend the nature events on offer by Landlife, which include walks, nature therapy, gardening  activities and bike rides.

Address: Landlife, National Wildflower Centre, Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool, L16 3NA

Website: www.nwc.org.uk/landlife/

 

Mary Seacole House

Mary Seacole House offers a carers support service for the black and minority ethnic group who care for those with a mental illness. They offer a wide variety of services including befriending, breaks, stress reduction services, education, lunch clubs and much more.

Website: www.maryseacolehouse.com/

Tel: 0151 707 0319

Address: 91 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool, L8 7LB

 

New Directions

New Directions provides respite care and support for those caring for somebody with learning disabilities or dementia.

Address: 3rd Floor Burlington House, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0PJ

Contact Number: 0151 526 0090

Website: http://www.ndirections.co.uk/

 

Oakfield Centre Carers Group

If you care for somebody with learning difficulties or mental illness you call the  centre to identify the support groups that suit your needs.

Address: Oakfield Day Centre, The Methodist Church, Oakfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0UQ

Tel 0151 263 8644

 

OCD Support Group in Liverpool

The Liverpool support group is open to sufferers, family members, friends and carers of people with OC . The aim of the group is to provide mutual support and to discuss ideas and strategies. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month between 5pm and 7pm.  

Address: The Brian Charity, Norton Street (off London Road), Liverpool, L3 8LR

Tel: 03332 120 703

website: http://www.ocduk.org/liverpool

 

Think Family

Mersey Care NHS Trust works in partnership with a number of organisations to provide young carers with an environment that is mutually beneficial to both the carer and the service user. We look to aid young carers who are caring for somebody who has a physical illness/disability, mental ill health, sensory disability, or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol.

 

Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton. For more information and free registration please contact the Carers Support Team on 0151 288 6060, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm, or visit their website:

www.sefton-carers.org.uk

Aspergers Carer Group

The group is a self-help and peer support group. It meets on the first Monday of every month 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Rathbone Hospital Library, William House, Mill Lane (off Edge Lane), L13 4AW

Contact: John or Alicia Whelan 07887 369 550 for further information, or just come along.

Aspirience

Aspirience is a service user led group which is part of the Liverpool Asperger Team, providing feedback and input to the running of the service. Our members have lived experience of Asperger Syndrome (AS) so offer a unique perspective.

Our main objective is to educate and raise awareness of AS to improve services for people across Merseyside. We are working with Mersey Care to provide useful and up-to-date information. Our group also works alongside carers, health professionals and other organisations. We help make local services and their commissioning more effective through our knowledge about the needs of local service users. 

Our group is open to anyone who has an AS diagnosis, who has used the Liverpool Asperger Team and would like to take part in decision making on how services should be run. We would like to invite new members to join the group. We would also like to invite staff across Mersey Care to contact the group if they would like to develop their understanding of Asperger’s.

We are currently running a drop in service which provides information, training and a place to meet others with Asperger’s. Please see the flyer and contact us if you would like further information.

The group meets every Wednesday 10.00am till 11.00am at Old Swan Youth Club, 23 Derby Lane, Liverpool, L13 6QA.

Outside of term time, the group meets at Rathbone Hospital, Mill Lane, Liverpool, L13 4AQ.

Tel: 0151 472 7575

Please contact Aspirience via Dr Frank Chapman: Frank.Chapman@merseycare.nhs.uk

 

Asperger Collective

A group of service users, carers and professionals who meet to discuss services and provide a drop in facility to help and support people with Asperger Syndrome and their carers.

 

Liverpool Asperger Team

Provide diagnosis and after care for people living with Asperger Syndrome.

Address: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Community Hub, Broadoak Unit, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, L14 3PJ

Phone: 0151 472 7575

 

Sefton Asperger Service

Provide diagnosis and support for people living with Asperger Syndrome. Their base is: Second Floor, Hesketh Centre, 51-55 Albert Road, Southport, PR8 0LT. Phone: 01704 383 050.

The Liverpool and Sefton Asperger Teams offer the following groups to people after a diagnosis and will form part of the care plan: 

  • Understanding Asperger Syndrome
  • Managing anxiety
  • Social skills.

Asperger social hub

Consists of activity focused social groups which are facilitated by the Liverpool Asperger Team and volunteers. One-hour sessions are offered on Wednesday’s to people who would like to build confidence and connect with other people who have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome.

Allotment project

Run by the Liverpool Asperger Team. This is to provide service users with the opportunity to maintain and grow their own produce as part of promoting health and wellbeing. This is facilitated by staff and the group meet once per week on Monday.

 

The drop in

is a ‘collective’ of service users, carers and professionals who provide a service to help and support people with Asperger Syndrome. It provides a warm and welcoming space for service users and carers to access services, participate in activities of interest, and find out more about what’s available in the community.

The drop in is at 1.30pm to 4.00pm on the last Friday in the month at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 2BE (at the back of Primark).

 

Social groups

are organised by service users and volunteers at Maggie Mays and the Corn Market in Liverpool city centre. Please contact Liverpool Asperger Team for more information.

 

Carers

Asperger Carers Group

Self-help and peer support group and meets on the first Monday of each month 1pm to 4pm at Rathbone Hospital Library, William House, Mill Lane (off Edge Lane), L13 4AW. Contact: John or Alicia Whelan for further information on 07887 369 550 - or just come along.

 

Liverpool Carers Centre

Carers Project, Local Solutions, Mount Vernon Green, Hall Lane, Liverpool, L7 8TF.

Phone: 0151 705 2307 or email: HealthandWellbeing@localsolutions.org.uk

 

Sefton Carers Centre

27-37 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE.

Phone: 0151 288 6060 or visit the website www.sefton-carers.org.uk

 

Other services and organisations

Autism Initiatives http://www.autisminitiatives.org

 

Autism Together http://www.autismtogether.co.uk

 

Carers Allowance www.gov.uk/carers-allowance

 

Carers Trust (Carers Trust 4all) is a network partner of Carers Trust, the UK's largest charity for, with and about carers. Visit the website www.crossroadstogether.org.uk

 

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

 

Life Rooms is available for information about physical and mental wellbeing, advice on money, housing, community services, employment and volunteering opportunities, including sessions from Liverpool City Council and many others. The Life Rooms is home to Mersey Care Recovery College.

Telephone 0151 478 6556 or email: liferooms@merseycare.nhs.uk

 

Liverpool City Council Carers Information Pack

www.liverpool.gov.uk/media/2811/carersinfopack.pdf 

 

National Autistic Society (NAS) http://www.autism.org.uk

 

NHS Care and Support Guide www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/what-is-social-care.aspx

 

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) www.gov.uk/pip

 

Talk Liverpool Provides psychological treatments, sometimes called talking treatments, to help people who have common mental health problems such as feeling stressed, feeling low in mood (depressed) or very nervous (anxiety).

Visit the website: www.talkliverpool.nhs.uk or phone: 0151 228 2300 or email: talkliverpool@merseycare.nhs.uk                          

 

The Live Well Directory is a partnership development that provides access to support and a broad range of activities that are available to citizens of the region. Visit the website www.thelivewelldirectory.com

 

Other information

Brain in Hand is an app. used by people with autism or mental health problems. The software is packed with features to help you remember activities, reduce anxiety and feel supported. Visit the website www.braininhand.co.uk  

 

Reading materials

Jessica Kingsley publishers - Many books are available on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

http://www.jkp.com/uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=autism

Barnardos

Barnardos offer a range of services and support mechanisms for young carers,  including:

  • Counselling / drop in sessions
  • Identifying services / support the carer requires
  • Social activities with fellow young carers
  • Carer breaks.

Address: 109 Eaton Road, Liverpool, L12 1LU

Tel: 0151 228 4455

 

Everton FC - Pass on the Memories

Everton Football Club, in partnership with Mersey Care, runs this support programme for people who suffer from dementia and their carers. A range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops, custom-made life story memory books and calendars, day trips to local places of interest and social activities all help people to share important memories and create new ones.

Address: Goodison Rd, Liverpool, Merseyside L4 4EL

Website: www.evertonfc.com/community/health-and-wellbeing/the-projects/pass-on-the-memories

 

Knowsley Young Carers

 Young carers referred here can benefit from:

  • help, support and assistance at home
  • educational support
  • social activities with fellow carers
  • personal support
  • family trips. 

Address: Knowsley Youth Mutual, Me Time Project, Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton, L36 6EG

Tel: 0151 443 5323

Email: info@youthmutual.co.uk

 

Mary Seacole House

Mary Seacole House offers a carers support service for the black and minority ethnic group who care for those with a mental illness. They offer a wide variety of services including befriending, breaks, stress reduction services, education, lunch clubs and much more.

Address: 91 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool, L8 7LB

Tel: 0151 707 0319

 

Parents and Friends Association for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties

Club 25 is registered as Parents and Friends Association for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties, which is a registered charity providing social, leisure and recreational facilities for young adults with slight to moderate learning difficulties.  Members meet socially once a week for a social evening and disco on a Wednesday between 7 and 10.  Leisure facilities include day trips, barbecues and weekend breaks.

Address: 33 Wicks Green, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1PP

Contact number: 01704 870 399

 

St Helens Carers Centre

St Helens Carers Centre provides a wide range of services to all carers (including young carers). The centre aims to be a one-stop shop for carers in the area and upon registration (available online, via telephone or at the centre), the services / information available for carers include:

  • carer breaks / respite
  • carer discount card
  • carer emergency card
  • emotional support
  • support groups
  • training groups / courses
  • social events
  • reduced / free gym rates
  • local healthcare signposting
  • aids, adaptions and equipment

Address: 31-35 Baldwin Street, St Helens, WA10 2RS

Adult Carers. Tel: 01744 675 615

Young Carers: Tel: 01744 677 279

Barnardo's

Barnardo's offer a range of services and support mechanisms for young carers, they include:

  • Information about the illness or disability of the adult you care for
  • Help for the whole family
  • Social activities with fellow young carers
  • Carer breaks
  • Get you support in school/college
  • Someone to speak up for you when no one wants to listen
  • Getting help, advice and support for the adult you care for
  • Emotional support
  • Someone to talk to who will listen
  • An assessment which helps you and your family think about things that would make a difference.

Barnardo's offer a range of services and support mechanisms for Young Adult Carers, they include:

  • money, benefits, grants and services available for carers
  • information about the medical conditions and health needs of the person you are supporting, including information about services available for the person that you care for and information ad courses that may benefit you as a carer
  • developing plans for emergency situations.

The service can provide information, advice and guidance about opportunities in further or higher education and flexible training courses and how to get relevant financial assistance.

The service can also help and support you to balance education, employment and training with caring.

Address: Barnardo's Action with Young Carers, 109 Eaton Road, West Derby, L12 1LU

Tel: 0151 228 4455

View Barnardo's Action Supporting Young Adult Carers leaflet here.

 

Young Carer

Support, training and a social network are offered to help young carers to meet with other young carers. Aims to increase their well being and future employment and provides essential day to day information.

 

Caring Alone

Caring Alone is a free online support and social service for young carers aged 16-30. Caring Alone provides help, information and support to those caring for somebody with health needs such as a mental or physical disability and drug or alcohol use. To access the help on offer young carers must register online.

Knowsley Young Carers

Young carers referred here can benefit from:

  • help, support and assistance at home
  • educational support
  • social activities with fellow carers
  • personal support
  • family trips. 

Address: Knowsley Youth Mutual, Me Time Project, Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton, L36 6EG

Tel: 0151 443 5323

Email: info@youthmutual.co.uk

 

St Helens Carers Centre

St Helens Carers Centre provides a wide range of services to all carers (including young carers). The centre aims to be a one-stop shop for carers in the area and upon registration (available online, via telephone or at the centre), the services / information available for carers include:

  • carer breaks / respite
  • carer discount card
  • carer emergency card
  • emotional support
  • support groups
  • training groups / courses
  • social events
  • reduced / free gym rates
  • local healthcare signposting
  • aids, adaptions and equipment

Address: 31-35 Baldwin Street, St Helens, WA10 2RS

Adult Carers Tel: 01744 675 615

Young Carers Tel: 01744 677 279

 

Sefton Young Carers

If you would like to talk to someone please contact a member of the Sefton Young Carers team on 0151 288 6060, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm, or visit their website:

www.sefton-carers.org.uk

 

Think Family

Mersey Care NHS Trust works in partnership with a number of organisations to provide young carers with an environment that is mutually beneficial to both the carer and the service user.

We look to aid young carers who are caring for somebody who has a physical illness/disability, mental ill health, sensory disability, or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol.

For more information about our Think Family project please email trish.mattinson@merseycare.nhs.uk

Carers who participate help us get services right for other carers. Many are involved in designing and delivering training to staff; telling them what its really like to be a carer based on their own  ‘lived’ experiences.

Our carers groups provide a place where carers can be themselves. Carers tell us that having someone there to share experiences with is invaluable

A series of Carers Seminars will be taking place throughout the year bringing carers together with staff from each profession within the Trust to share perspectives and enhance understanding.

If you would like to know more about participating as a carer please contact the team by telephone on 0151 478 6556; email volunteering@merseycare.nhs.uk or by post to The Life Rooms, Evered Avenue, Walton, Liverpool, L9 2AF