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Help and Support
with caring

Caring for someone can be demanding and difficult.  But there may be more help available than you realise.


There are lots of possible sources of help, but which ones are right for you? 

Time for yourself helps you relax but if you don’t have the opportunity for a swim, an evening class or for developing friendships, take ten minutes to have a cup of tea or read a magazine. Or take twenty minutes for a walk in the fresh air. 


Your local library, town, village, church and parish notice boards can provide information about varied social activities, events, education and courses. Find out about the emotional, practical and financial support available to you.


See also village/parish magazines, local news and radio for local social groups, drop ins and café chats, allotments, art, choirs and music, walking groups, chess and puzzle clubs, movement and dance groups, badminton, bowls and other social activities that interest you.


A carer’s assessment is a conversation between yourself and a professional from the council. You will discuss the impact of your caring role on your own wellbeing and identify any support needs you have. They will then help you to identify the services and support options that are right for you and the person you care for. You can request a carers assessment from the carers team at the council online via Rutland County Council Carers assessment or by contacting the Duty Team: Tel: 01572 758341 Email:


Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Rutland social prescribing network


Some questions and answers...


I am caring for someone.  What support and help is there for me?


Rutland Health Primary Care Network

Download a new Supporting Carers leaflet, funded by a Better Care Fund grant. It provides advice for carers on how to get support in their role as well as contact numbers and tips from local carers.


RIS Service 

Rutland Information Service

Alexandra Chamberlain Senior Care Manager, 

Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP 

Tel: 01572 758433 / 07814144647



Rutland County Council


I have recently become a carer, where can I find general advice and help?

If you look after a partner, relative or friend who is disabled or ill due to physical or mental ill health, you are a carer. 

Rutland Health Primary Care Network


Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

13 High Street East


LE15 9PY

Penny Stimpson: 01572 822 171

Yvonne Rawlings: 01572 823 942

Age UK  Telephone Helpline, Tel: 0800 678 1602.

Offering support through a free advice line, open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year.

Carers UK 

Making life better for carers


Rutland County Council
For adults over 18 years old who provide unpaid support to someone who could not manage on their own due to illness, disability or a mental health issue.

The Carers Centre  

Offers a range of free services including advocacy, information and support for carers in Leicestershire and Rutland

Tel: 0116 251 0999


Unit 19, 4th Floor Matrix House, Constitution Hill,

Leicester LE1 1PL


Admiral Nurse Service

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give practical and emotional support to family carers, as well as the person with dementia. They provide emotional and psychological support to help you carry on your caring role, including 4 week carer training workshops.

Angela Moore Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead   01572 758341 or  01572 758220


Is there any funding available for me as a carer ?

Carers UK


Carer's Allowance

This is the main state benefit for carers.  

You don’t have to be related to, or live with the person you care for to be eligible if the person you care for has certain benefits.


Carer’s credit

Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record.


NHS support and benefits for carers

Is any help available when caring for someone with a specific condition?

Caring for someone with dementia


Dementia Support Service for Rutland

Carer Information and Support Programme

Office 0116 231  1111

National Dementia Helpline – 0845 3000 336


Caring for someone with a heart condition


Caring for someone with Parkinsons Disease

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

13 High Street East


LE15 9PY

Dementia Support: Yvonne Rawlings: 01572 823 942

I ‘m under 18 and I help my Dad every day to wash, dress and feed himself. Is there anyone else like me?  Are there any organisations that will support me?


A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after a family member such as a parent, brother, sister or other relative or they might care for a family friend who is disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses alcohol or drugs. The person may live in the same house as the young carer or somewhere else.


It is can be very helpful to talk about your caring responsibilities with an adult and/or friend who you trust. Talking about the challenges you face with another can give you encouragement and may help you make good decisions. 

It is important that a teacher you trust knows too. They can help you plan your school and home work. 

Rutland County Council Young Carers    

You can get a young carer's assessment if you're 18 years old or younger though Rutland's Referral Assessment and Intervention Service.  To ask for an assessment phone the team on 01572 758493.


Rutland Information service

If you are a young carer who lives or goes to school in Rutland, then you can get support from Rutland County Council.  Little StarsYoung Stars and TOFU are monthly groups specifically run to support Young Carers.




Childrens’ Society


Young Minds



I am caring for a loved one. Are there any small groups we can attend together?


Continuing wellbeing mentally and spiritually, physically and socially is important. Caring for someone can be comforting and rewarding for both parties, but sometimes it can be isolating, frustrating and tiring too.  It is important that you  have opportunities to go out, to take part in something you enjoy and to meet others for conversations and activities.  


Rutland Community Hub and Voluntary Action Rutland

Main Reception Office: 01572 722 622 (office open 9am-1pm) 

Transport Office: 01572 724 705 (office open 9am-12pm) 

Rutland Reminders

Volunteer run informal singing group and chat for people with dementia and their carers.

10.30 am, third Tuesday of each month.

Brambles Social Centre, Rutland Care Village, Huntsmans Drive, Oakham LE15 6RP

Tel: 07779 413889  email:


Oakham Lunch Club

Luncheon club held on second and fourth Tuesday of every month    12.30pm  – 2pm

No need to book, just turn up - £8.50 per person.

Tel: 01572 490 784, The Wheatsheaf, Northgate, Oakham  LE15 6QS


Men in Sheds Age UK

Men are welcome to share tools and skills and work on projects they choose.

Twice weekly  Wednesday 11.00am – 4pm,    Friday 10am – 12 noon

Rutland County Museum, Catmos St,  Oakham, LE15 6HW

Tel: 07540 413 805     email:


Dementia Support Service   - Peer Support and Activity Group

We are a social group for people with dementia and their carers.

Come along and have a drink and a chat, share your skills and experience and meet with people in a similar situation to your own in a warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Meeting 4th Wednesday of each month 10.30am – 12.00 noon
Rutland Hub, Lands’ End Way, Oakham LE15 6RB
Contact: Sarah Ball         01572 824048     or       07739 630661

Arts 4 Dementia

A national organisation providing arts programmes that empower and inspire people with early stage dementia and their carers, through artistic stimulation


Acorn Day Centre (Age UK)

Offering companionship and support for independent living

Tuesdays 10.00am to 3.00pm

Contact Name       Samantha Carnall

Telephone       0116 299 2269          E-mail

The Lodge, Stamford Road, Oakham Rutland LE15 6JX


Sports and exercise 


Oakham Catmose Sports Centre SLL with pool –


Can Respite Care Provision give me a break from caring?

Respite care is the term used for different services designed to give you a break from caring.  Someone to come to your home to look after the person you care for on a regular basis while you go to an activity, shop or visit a friend,  or someone to take them out to an activity group or day centre. 

Or you may need an opportunity to go on holiday, with or without the person you care for. If you're going away without the person you care for, they may have a temporary stay in a residential care.

Carers Sitters Service   

Covering Stamford, Bourne, Deepings and the PE9 villages of Rutland and East Northamptonshire, this free service offers carers a break from caring by providing trained sitters.

41 North Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire. PE10 9AE

Telephone: 01778 420 257 email:

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday     09.30am – 1.00pm


Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

Sitting service, dementia day clubs, home helpers

Sitters at home – can also be also family, friends or volunteers

13 High Street East


LE15 9PY

Penny Stimpson: 01572 822 171

Yvonne Rawlings: 01572 823 942

Age UK  Telephone Helpline, Tel: 0800 678 1602.

Offering support through a free advice line, open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year.

Dove Cottage Day Care, Ridlington, Rutland  

Go to the Dove Cottage website

Tel: 01572 722630

Private agencies that may offer respite care 


Always Take Care              

24 hr live-in care 


Bluebird Care Agency  

home support & 24 hr live- in care


Goldfinch Care agency

home support & 24 hr live in care


Home Straight



Private residential care homes that may offer respite care



Tixover House Care Home, Tixover, Go to website



Chater Lodge, Ketton, Go to website


Ardale Oakham Grange Barleythorpe


Manton Hall



Oak House Residential Home Ltd



Rutland Care Village



Crown House Care Home



Belton House

Belton in Rutland      


Aberdeen House



Wisteria House



Oakham Grange 

Residential Care with Nursing

Wheatfield Way, Barleythorpe, Oakham, LE15 7UD





Leicester, (Leicerstershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief  Of Suffering) Groby Road, Leicester,


Sue Ryder

Thorpe Hall,  

Symptom management admissions and end of life care.


Other sources of assistance

Rutland County Council

Care and support plans

Go to the Rutland council website, care and support section

Rutland County Council, adult social care team Tel: 01572 722577 


Rutland Information Service

A directory of health and well being services for adults, children and families

Go to the Rutland Information Service website

Tel:  01572  758495

Home Instead

Go to the Home Instead website

Senior care in your own home

Tel: 01572 898147

Bluebird Care

Go to the Bluebird Care website

Home support and 24 hour live-in care

Tel: 01572729357

Goldfinch Care

Go to the Goldfinch Care website

Home support & specialist homecare for dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke & palliative care

Tel: 01572 868921

Always Take Care

Go to the Always Take Care website

24 hour live-in care

Tel: 01572 869138 

Home Straight Partnership Ltd

Go to the Home Straight website

Home based personal care for older people, cancer and dementia care

Tel: 01572 722590

The Caring Company Rutland

Go to the Caring Company website

Bespoke care service in your own home

Tel: 01572 722344

Elder UK

Private personal home care assistants

Go to the Elder UK website

Live in care, elderly own home care, dementia care


Private personal home care assistants

Go to the Eldercare website

Personal alarms with response and care services in own home       

Private personal home care assistants

Marie Curie

Nursing care at home for a terminal illness

Go to the Marie Curie website


Macmillan Nurses

Nursing care at home for a terminal illness

Go to the Macmillan website

Emotional advice and symptom management provided at home

Tel: 0808 8080000

Diana Childrens’ Community Nursing Service  

Go to the NHS Leicester website, Diana Childrens' Community Service section

Nursing care at home to children aged 0 - 18 years across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through a seven-day service.

Tel: 0116 295 5080


Care Choices

Go to the Care Choices website

Your guide to over 30000 care and nursing homes, and other care providers in the UK. We help you make informed choices on care.