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Information for Carers

There’s a big difference between caring about a loved-one and caring for them.

Many of us experience the joys (and the occasional frustrations!) of being in a family sharing our lives with Spouses, Partners, Children, Parents and other relatives. However this can all change if we find someone becoming dependent on us because of long-term physical or mental illness or disability.

Such a circumstance can cause us emotional, physical and perhaps financial stress.

It is estimated that as many as 1 in 8 adults and many young people too are Carers in this way - some becoming overwhelmed by the experience. If this is you please have a look at the websites below.

Are You A Carer?

Most carers do not recognise themselves under the term "carer". They perceive themselves as just helping someone who could not remain living in their own home without the help they provide. Many carers juggle paid work or study with their unpaid caring responsibilities. The term "carer" should not be confused with that of an employed care worker or someone who acts as a volunteer for an organisation.

To register as a Carer please either ask at reception for the relevant form or download it here and return it to us.

Patients who are registered as carers with the surgery will be eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS in the Autumn. To register please see the Information for Carers page on this website or call in to the surgery.

Afternoon For Carers - 29 October 2015

The surgery ran a very successful afternoon for carers in October 2015 with various voluntary organisations coming along to showcase the types of help and support that are available in the local community. The Friends of Stow Surgery kindly provided refreshments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Would you like a health check or advice relating to your own health needs?
    If so, arrange an appointment with a Practice Nurse.
  2. Would you like information about services and organisations to help and support you in your caring role?
    If so, information is available from reception, the Carers folder in the waiting room and through the practice website.
  3. Are you aware of the benefits that may be available to you or the person(s) you care for to help with the cost of caring?
    If not, information is available from Carers Gloucestershire, Carers UK and Gloucestershire County Council (see the links below)
  4. Do you need someone to talk to in confidence about your caring situation?
    If so, contact a carer's support worker at Carers Gloucestershire or Gloucestershire Young Carers (see links below)
  5. If you provide a substantial amount of care, do you know about your rights to a carer's assessment through Gloucestershire County Council?
    Please contact the adult helpdesk on (01452) 426868 to arrange an assessment.
  6. Are you aware of the help and support available through Healthwatch Gloucestershire?

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is responsible for providing the public with local information to help them make informed choices about their health and social care needs. This service builds on the legacy of the GUiDE Information Service, providing a single point of access for information and advice. You can find information on their website, call them on 0800 652 5193 or email at

Cotswold Friends Carers Club

The Cotswold Friends Carers Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 10am at Lucy's Tea Rooms in Stow. For further information please contact Kirsty Holder at Cotswold Friends on 01608 652019.

Please see the Autumn 2015 newsletter here Cotswold Friends Newsletter for Carers.

Useful Organisations

Gloucestershire Young Carers

Supporting the 'young' in young carer.

Carers Gloucestershire

Working to enhance the lives of Carers.

Carers Direct

Care and support. Your essential guide to social care.

Carer’s Emergency Scheme

Urgent help for ill or incapacitated carer’s.

Positive Caring Programme

‘Positive Caring’ is a series of free sessions, held all over the County, designed to give Carers the chance to gain confidence in looking after themselves and the person they care for.

Carers UK

The voice of carers.

Lucia Dedear is the Carers UK Ambassador for Gloucestershire. She can be contacted on: 0774 810 2009 or at


North Cotswold Support Group

The North Cotswold Support Group is for parents / carers of a child with additional needs, who may be feeling isolated and confused, or maybe just want to talk to other parents coping with similar difficulties. They meet over a cuppa and a cake on the third Wednesday of the month at the Children's Centre, St Edwards Drive, Stow on the Wold between 7:30pm and 9:00pm. They talk and listen to each other, exchange information, and occasionally have guest speakers.

Contact Christine Jones on 01451 831642 (via the Children’s Centre) or email

Young at Heart Clubs

The Stow Young at Heart Club (formally Stow Memory Club) meets at Chamberlayne House, on the 1st Friday of every month from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The club has established itself as a friendly and welcoming place for people who have concerns about their memory, are living with dementia, or are caring for someone who does. A wide variety of specially designed activities including singing and dancing, reminiscing, sharing our experiences, crafts, painting, games and fun quizzes are offered and suggestions for activities are welcomed and are actively encouraged. A wealth of information is available to Carers at every Memory Club meeting and support for Carers is a priority. Friends and family members and professional carers are all welcomed with the person they care for.

Please call Kelly for details on 07707 787580 or email

Click below for a list of other local Young at Heart Clubs

List of local young at heart clubs

Magiplug - a flood prevention plug is just one of the items available!

Gadget ‘n’ Go

Gadget 'n' Go is a signposting website and online shop for small/cheap pieces of equipment to assist in daily living.

It aims to help more people stay safe and independent at home by enabling them to purchase small, low cost equipment items to support them, without the need for an assessment. The equipment ranges from bathroom and kitchen aids such as tap turners and easy to use utensils through to medication reminders and help moving around.

The website is supported by the Gloucestershire Community Equipment Service and the Telecare and Sensory Services team.

It can be accessed at:



Gloucestershire is trialling the website AskSARA, run by the Disabled Living Foundation.

AskSARA allows users to select topics that they feel apply to them and answer a short series of which will lead to a personalised report of recommendations. This report can include options for self-purchasing assistive equipment, details of support available from Local Authorities and advice about reducing risks at home. The self-assessment report can be used to endorse a referral for support from social services.

AskSARA can be accessed at:


Hand It Back - Equipment Returns

A new media campaign has been launched to help get unused equipment returned so that it can be recycled to help someone else.

The Gloucestershire Community Equipment Service (CES) loans equipment such as mobility aids, toileting and bathing equipment, mattresses and beds to individuals following an assessment of their needs by a health or social care professional. However, getting the loaned equipment back when it is no longer needed is a challenge.

You can find out more about returning equipment at

Available to Carers at Stow Surgery

‘Flu vaccinations for carers – please contact the surgery for further information
Join the Patient Participation Group – Friends of Stow Surgery

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