Carers services can help people who look after someone with a special educational need or disability. Sometimes these people are called carers.

Carers who live (or look after someone who lives) in County Durham, can contact Durham County Carers Support who can offer you:

  • information and advice
  • training and help getting or keeping a job
  • help on staying healthy
  • opportunities to meet other carers

Other services can also help carers. For more information on these services, please visit Durham Carers InfoPoint.

If you are a young carer, there are services that can provide you with support and information. They aim to reduce your caring role by working with services to help your family to find other solutions and reduce the impact of your caring role. The video below highlights support available to young carers. Visit the Family Action website, contact The Bridge Young Carer's Service on Tel: 0191 383 2520 or email

Durham Carers InfoPoint

Durham Carers InfoPoint is a website full of information for carers in County Durham and the people they look after.

Carers card

The Carers card scheme offers carers discounts and concessions at retail and leisure venues throughout County Durham and Darlington.

Carers' breaks

Having a break or taking regular time to yourself can help you to cope better with your caring role. A break can also allow you to catch up on everyday things like getting some sleep, enjoying some leisure time or visiting friends and family.

There is funding available from the NHS to allow eligible carers to take a break. This funding could be for a training course, spa break, tickets for the theatre, a visit to a leisure facility, activities such as driving lessons or horse riding lessons, weekend breaks or equipment that will help you catch up with friends and family.

For more information contact Durham County Carers Support on Tel: 0300 005 1213, or email

Carers Direct

NHS Carers Direct can give carers information, advice and help with issues such as money and legal issues and health and wellbeing. The Carers Direct helpline is a way for carers to get information and advice. Tel: 0300 123 1053.


Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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