Carers Advice

Are You a Carer?

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999


Carers Support Groups

VOCAL - (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) works in partnership with Queensferry Care in the Community. VOCAL support carers in all family or relationship settings, be they defined by kinship, partnership, friendship, affection or obligation.  Their services include information, advice and emotional support, training, advocacy, counselling and groupwork.

For support contact: 0131 622 6666 or visit 


Queensferry Care provide a variety of services for older people and their carers in South Queensferry including Day Opportunities, Supper Club, Volunteer Hub and Befriending. 

Queensferry Care in the Community


Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership supports carers in a number of ways. Please visit the website below for information about how you can access support for carers in the Edinburgh area.

NHS Lothian Supporting Carers

NHS Links

There is a wealth of information on NHS Scotland about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Finance and Law

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the person you care for

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

  • Death and benefits

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Managing someone's legal affairs

    Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

  • Personal and household finance

    Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers

  • Social fund


  • Tax credits

    Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible