ALD – Carers Support
Click on the tabs below for more information on support available to Carers.
01/03/2021: Unpaid Carers Vaccination Programme
Who is eligible?
- Carers who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person.
- Carers in receipt of Carers Allowance or Carers Credit
- You must be over 18
- Care Partners
Who is not included in this group?
- Employed Care workers (employed via an agency or privately)
- Carers who do not have a Health & Care number for Northern Ireland
The Carers Support Team are receiving a high volume of calls regarding the vaccination programme for unpaid carers. Please, where possible email your query to Carers.Support1@westerntrust.hscni.net
The team will respond as soon as possible, please be patient.
Western Trust Carers Support Service
The WHSCT Carers Support Service provides information on a range of issues faced by carers. They also run walking groups in Omagh, Derry and Fermanagh. They can be contacted on 028 7135 5023 or 078 1015 6551
Including link to Carers Cards and Walking Groups in Omagh and Derry.
Guidance on how to use Technology to keep in touch
Are you struggling a bit with digital technology? Would you like to find out how to use it to keep in touch with family and friends? If you’re having problems with your tablet, laptop or phone, or would simply like more information Libraries NI can help you.
They have help sheets on useful apps – for health and exercise, cooking, crafting, playing games and even parking! Libraries NI can help you keep in touch on social media and give you tips on staying safe online.
If you need any assistance simply phone the Libraries NI digital team on 028 9039 5989 (Monday – Friday 9:15am – 4:45pm) with a brief description of how you need help with digital technology and library staff will phone you within 48 hours with free, helpful advice.
Carers ID Card
The Health Minister has launched a new ID cares to support carers. Similar to IDs for healthcare workers, carers will be able to show their ID in stores to get access to priority shopping hours. The card is available to those currently in receipt of Trust services. To request a card contact the keyworker (Social Worker/Nurse/CPN) involved with the person you care for.
Free Online "Stress Contol" Course
If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing, you are invited to participate in this renowned six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class.
Foyle Women's Information Network
Foyle Women’s Information Network have daily online events accessible to all via their Facebook page. Classes and activities range from crafts to cookery as well as live music and mental health strategies. They also have a monthly Book Club.
Carers NI operate an information service for carers dealing with a range of issues such as benefits, community care and services for carers. They provide a wide range of leaflets and booklets and a regular newsletter. They offer the opportunity to meet with other carers through a network of local groups to share experiences and reduce feelings of isolation.
Pathfinder Involvement Opportunity
Pathfinder Carers Working Group
Western Trust Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen, said: “We see Pathfinder as creating a whole new conversation about Health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone. It means taking a detailed honest look at what we’re doing and whether we can do it better.”
View the Pathfinder Carers Group Document for an insight into the work being completed by Pathfinder in the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Area and the opportunity to join the Pathfinder Carers working group.
Other Support Resources and Helplines
- Lifeline – a crisis-response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor in confidence.
- Samaritans – A safe space for you to talk: 116 123
- CAUSE – Visit the CAUSE website or telephone 028 9065 0650 helpline 080 0103 2833
- Western Trust Mental Health Services
- For all other local helplines for a variety of services in Northern Ireland, please visit: Helplines Network NI