63. What services are available for carers in Somerset?
As a carer you are entitled to a Carers’ Assessment in your own right and continued support from a range of services available. Carers of people with physical health problems have a right to request a Carer’s Assessment from Somerset County Council.
Please telephone Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or visit the Somerset County Council website for further information www.somerset.gov.uk/adult-social-care/carers/carers-in-somerset/
Specialist carers support services are provided by Compass Carers. Compass Carers is the first dedicated support service for carers across Somerset, offering information, advice and guidance as well as emotional support, signposting, training, and a telephone support service for un-paid carers. They can be contacted at:
Compass Disability Network,
Unit 11-12 Belvedere Trading Estate,
Telephone: 01823 255911
The Carers’ Services Team for Somerset Partnership will assess carers of patients with physical problems but are based within Community Mental Health Teams across Somerset. The Carers’ Services Team can be contacted by telephone.
CAWs (Care Assessment Workers) for Adults
Mendip 01749 836597
Taunton 01823 368396
South Somerset 01935 428420
SomersetCoast 01278 720238
Older Persons CAWs:
Mendip & South Somerset
Telephone: 01935 428420 / 01749 836736
or 07596 220097
Carers of people with mental health problems receiving services from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can request a carers’ assessment and access specialist carers’ services provided by the Trust. Details can be found at www.somersetcarers.org or telephone 01749 836606 / 01749 836633.
Carers UK Taunton and South Somerset can be contacted on 07737432153 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively the Carer’s UK National Advice Line can be contacted on 0808 8087777 between 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00 on a Wednesday and Thursday.