Are You a Carer?

If you provide help and support to a partner, relative, child, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction, then you are one of thousands of unpaid carers in and around Bristol.

If you are a carer, it is important to look after your own health as well as the person you care for.

Here at The Orchard Medical Centre we want to be able to do all we can to help you to stay as healthy and informed as possible, so you can carry on caring for as long as you want to. Please register with us, as this enables us to provide you with the following benefits:

  • Free ‘flu’ vaccinations each autumn
  • Sharing information with you about the person you care for if she/he consents to this, which will make communication easier
  • More flexible appointments depending on your needs as a carer

If you look after someone, please let us know – we may be able to help you

Either register as a carer by completing this form online or ask for a carers’ identification form from reception or speak to your doctor / nurse.

You can also access a wide range of information and support from our local carers support organisation Carers Support Centre or contact CarersLine on 0117 965 22 00. They can help you with:

  • One-to-one support
  • Activity groups with other people going through similar issues
  • Carers support groups
  • Hospital support to help carers in a hospital setting, particularly around the discharge process
  • Training and workshops to help you manage on a day to day basis
  • Carers assessments to help you to get the support you need to be a carer
  • Employment support to help you to get back into work or to stay in employment
  • Help applying for relevant benefits
  • Carers emergency card which will ensure that the person you care for is supported in the event of you being taken seriously ill.

They have specific workers for parent carers, young carers and for carers who support an adult with a learning difficulty.

If you need information about other groups available in your locality, then please visit Carers Support Centre or email CarersLine for further information and support.

Carers’ support

As a carer you may need support or advice through this difficult time.

You can still contact the Carers’ Support Office either via the online referral forms – – or the Carers’ line on 0117 965 2200.

Carers Support Centre

Carers Support Centre provides a range of practical services for carers of all ages in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It also provides a voice for carers and gives advice on making organisations more carer aware. Covering Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Telephone: 0117 965 2200


Email: carersline

Carers Trust

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

The Carers Trust Network supports carers locally through its UK-wide network of Network Partners.

Telephone: 0117 939 2562

Carers Line: 0117 965 2200

Facebook: @carerstrust

Twitter: @CarersTrust



Carers UK

Carers UK are here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 0808 808 7777



Singing for the Brain, Kingswood

Singing group for people with dementia and their carers

Where: Kingswood Community Centre, The Arch High Street, Kingswood, BS15 4AB

Telephone: 0117 961 0693


South Gloucestershire Carers’ Choir

Small group made up of carers in the South Gloucestershire area.

When: Wednesdays 1-3pm at Kingswood Community Centre and Yate (Tuesdays at the Parish Hall 10.30am-12.30pm) alternately.

Where: Kingswood Community Centre, High Street, Kingswood BS15 4AB


Carers Support Centre

Carers Support Centre is a charity providing support, information and advice to carers of any age living in South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

Telephone: 0117 965 2200

Facebook: @CarersBSG

Twitter: @CarersBSG