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A carer is someone who provides care and support to somebody who is ill, frail, or elderly. Carers are unpaid relatives, friends or neighbours who may provide care and support from a few hours a week to full time, in their own home or in the home of the person they care for. This is different to a home care worker or care assistant who is a paid worker or care assistant who is a paid worker employed to provide care.

Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer; they believe they are simply looking after a relative, friend or child as an everyday part of their life.

Some people are able to care for their loved one without support and are happy to do so; but sometimes they may find they need help and support to continue providing care.

In Solihull we are currently updating our Carers strategy to include the views and concerns raised nationally, by professionals and more importantly by carers themselves making sure that we are increasingly aware of the everyday challenges and obstacles that carers face.

As in the national Strategy "Carers at the heart of the 21st century families and communities - A caring system on your side, a life of your own" the Care Trust shares the vision that by 2018 carers will be universally recognised and valued as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities. Support will be tailored to meet individuals' needs, enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, whilst enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen.

The information attached to this page aims to provide the carers in Solihull with information on local services and national support systems currently available to them.

Useful links

Solihull Carers Centre
TS1 Pinewood Business Park
Coleshill Road
B37 7HG
0121 788 1143

Age Concern Solihull
0121 705 9128
Fax: 0121 704 0139

Alzheimer's Society
0121 474 3800
Fax: 0121 474 3803

Solihull Advocacy



Solihull LINks

Bereavement Advice - http://www.bereavementadvice.org/

Bereavement Support - http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/bereavement/Pages/Bereavementsupport.aspx

Carers Assessments - http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/assessments/Pages/Carersassessments.aspx

Carers Direct - http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/Pages/CarersDirectHome.aspx

Caring for the people who care

The Carers' Strategy for Solihull has been developed with the intention of improving services for carers in the borough, to raise awareness of the support that is available, as well as recognising the valuable contribution that carers provide.

You can view Solihull Carers' Stragey here (PDF, 3.5MB)

Carers UK - http://www.carersuk.org/

Forums and blogs

Find useful forums and blogs listed here:




Money Advice - http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/moneyandlegal/Pages/Moneyandlegalhome.aspx

Self help leaflets

We have several self help leaflets available free of charge with the following titles:

  • Controlling Anger
  • Coping with Bereavement
  • Coping with Stress
  • Depression and Low Mood
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health Anxiety
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Overcoming Depression
  • Overcoming panic
  • Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress and Anxiety

For your copy please contact the IAPT office on 0121 704 6816

Books on prescription - ask your doctor

Books on Prescription aims to improve people's well being by enabling doctors and other healthcare professionals to prescribe selected self-help media. Each practice has a list of self-help media as recommended by specialists and can issue a “prescription” for a certain media to your patients. Once issued the prescription can be exchanged for the book/DVD/CD at any of the Solihull libraries taking part in the scheme.

View a list of the books available on the scheme.

Books on prescription leaflet.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers - http://www.carers.org/
Time off - http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/yourself/timeoff/Pages/Overview.aspx
Young Carers http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/young/Pages/Youngcarershome.aspx