Every day across Belfast, people are dedicating their time to care for relatives, partners and friends. Caring for someone can be rewarding especially when you can see the person is well and living safely at home. However it is often hard work and can leave carers exhausted and feeling they have no life of their own.
The Belfast Trust can help by providing support for carers of all ages, across all caring situations, in their caring role. Our aim is to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of carers.
From the 2001 Census approximately 44,000 people identified themselves as carers in the Belfast area. It is estimated that carers in economic terms double the efforts of health and social services – in 2002 the contribution that carers make was valued at £1.9 billion, which was equivalent at that time to the Health & Social Services budget in Northern Ireland.
The links on the right offer a range of information and advice to support you as a carer.
To organise a Carer's Needs Assessment or for more information on anything you have read here, contact one of the Trust's Carers Co-Ordinators:
If you live in north or west Belfast:
Lynne Calvert Tel: 028 9063 6819
If you live in south or east Belfast or Castlereagh
Margaret McDonald Tel: 028 9056 4937
In they are not in the office please leave a message on their voicemail with your contact number.