Caring and carers

The council co-ordinates and provides a range of support for carers in the city. Carers look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid.

The person being cared for may need help with personal care such as washing, dressing, eating; domestic support such as shopping, laundry or paying bills or emotional support.

Carers may experience financial worries, emotional stress, isolation and loneliness, health problems and/or lack of information and support.

Support available for carers

Brighton & Hove City Council can offer the following to carers:

PATCHED offers support and services for the families, friends and carers of substance misusers or anyone in the local community experiencing the effects of someone else’s drug or alcohol problem.

As a carer you may also want to take a look at the services that the council provides to support people's independence at home

Carers’ Register

The Carers’ Register is a partnership between health, social care and local voluntary sector organisations. The register is held by Brighton & Hove City Council. We will only share information with people or organisations that you have agreed we can.

Why join the Carers’ Register?

  • Receive a Carers’ Card offering discounts on local health and wellbeing activities.
  • Receive a quarterly newsletter with information and advice about support for carers.
  • Help us better understand your needs as carers so we can make sure we provide the right support to you.

Join the Register now

Parent carers

Parents of disabled children under 18 years have the same responsibilities as other parents but their child will have additional care needs and may be entitled to additional services.

If you care for a disabled child, your needs as a parent or young carer will be considered as part of an assessment of the needs of your child and family.

For further information, see the Children's Disability Services.

Young carers

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years who provide, or intend to provide, care, assistance or support to another family member. Young carers often carry out, on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks and they assume a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult. The person receiving care is often a parent but could also be a sibling, grandparent or other family member who is disabled or ill.

Paid carers

​Find out more about paid carers

News and Events

For information on news and events which may be relevant to you in your role as carer, please go to our news and events page.

Other Services

There are other services provided by voluntary organisations and by the NHS

Find out more about services for carers in the city on our useful links for carers and universal services pages

The information prescriptions website lists links to support, advice and financial information.

Further Information

For further information about local NHS and social care services, see the leaflets: