You may find the following websites and telephone support lines of help and interest:
London Borough of Barnet: a wide range of information on services and facilities in the local area. www.barnet.gov.uk
See the Adult Social Care and Children, Young People and Families pages for information and advice specifically related to carers, and the Social Care Direct page for enquiries and support needed relating to social care in Barnet (Tel: 020 8359 5000).
Barnet Healthwatch: for Barnet residents to have their say in, and find out about local health and social care services. www.healthwatchbarnet.co.uk Tel: 020 8364 8400
Care Quality Commission: for the latest inspection reports on local hospitals, care homes, dental and general practices, and homecare providers. www.cqc.org.uk
GOV.UK: the Government’s information and advice site including information on benefits, rights, entitlements, work, health and social care for people living in England and Wales. www.gov.uk
See especially the Disabled people section specifically related to disabled people and carers.
NHS Choices: information on health conditions and treatments, including medicines, plus living well, personal care and support, and a symptom checker. www.nhs.uk
Carers Direct: the section of the NHS Choices website specifically for carers. www.nhs.uk/carersdirect Carers Direct helpline: 0300 123 1053 (9am-8pm weekdays & 11am-4pm weekends)
Carers Trust: provides a wide range of information and advice specifically for carers. www.carers.org Tel: 0300 772 9600
Carers UK: the UK’s national membership charity for carers providing advice, information and an online forum. www.carersuk.org Carers UK Adviceline: 0808 808 7777 (open 10am-4pm weekdays) Carers UK Forum: www.carersuk.org/forum
Age UK Barnet: serves and promotes the interests of all older citizens in the London Borough of Barnet, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet Tel: 020 8203 5040 or speak to the Later Life Planners who provide information and advice on many subjects including welfare benefits, housing or support services on 020 8432 1417.
Barnet Alzheimer’s Society: works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia. Runs a carer support service for informal carers of people with dementia. www.alzheimers.org.uk Tel: 020 8937 7171
Barnet Mencap: provides a range of services and campaigns with people with learning disabilities and their families to secure good services and support in the borough. www.barnetmencap.org.uk Tel: 020 8349 3842
Caring4Carers: gives advice and training for carers supporting people with severe mental health problems. www.caring4carers.org.uk Tel: 020 8906 1666
Citizens Advice Bureau: www.citizensadvice.org.uk (for the national website) and www.barnetcab.org.uk (for the local website). Barnet Citizens Advice Telephone Helpline: 0300 456 8365 (9:30am-4:00pm weekdays & until 7.30pm on Wednesdays)
Community Barnet: provides contact details and website information for local organisations. www.communitybarnet.org.uk Tel: 020 8364 8400
Friend in Need: provides a range of services for older people, disabled people and their carers living in the East and New Barnet area. www.fin-eastbarnet.org.uk Tel: 020 8449 8225
Jewish Care: runs over 70 centres and specialist services throughout London and the South East, caring for more than 7,000 people every week. www.jewishcare.org Tel: 020 8922 2000
Childline: supports anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through, online or on the phone anytime. www.childline.org.uk Tel: 0800 1111
The Mix: information and support for under 25’s on every subject, including by phone and webchat. www.themix.org.uk Tel: Freephone 0808 808 4994
Samaritans: available day and night to listen and help you talk through your worries by phone, email, text, letter or face to face. www.samaritans.org Tel: 116 123