Information for carers

One in every eight of us is a carer, giving time and energy, without pay, to care for friends or family who can’t manage on their own. 

Carers fulfil a vital role in looking after others because of illness, frailty, disability or problems with drugs or alcohol. 

Support for carers continues to be an essential part of social care and health delivery. This is evidenced by supporting carers who look after others often with complex needs; whilst recognising the carer themselves may have their own health needs, time and monetary pressures.

Kernow Carers Service 

A key service for carers in Cornwall is the Kernow Carers Service. Their helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Any professionals can refer someone to the service, or someone can refer themselves and a support worker will get in touch. 

Telephone: 0800 587 8191 / 01872 323535

The Support in Cornwall website also provides helpful information, advice and support to enable people to carry on caring and keep well.