November’s Good Age page.

Do you provide unpaid care for someone?

Devon Carers’ Service provides free support and services to anyone who provides unpaid support or care for a family member, partner or friend because they are ill, frail or have a disability. Devon Carers is funded by Devon County Council and the Devon NHS Commissioning Groups to provide information, support and short breaks to unpaid carers.

The service provides locally based Carers Support Workers in every area of Devon so that every unpaid carer can have access to their own Carers Support Worker. Sarah Ince and Samantha Major are the Carers Support Workers who cover Bideford and the surrounding areas. Their role is to provide advice, support and a listening ear to carers either in their home, by phone or in a neutral place depending on the carer’s preference.

Devon Carers also provides non means tested grants and schemes for carers to use to have a break from their caring role. They also provide an Alert Card which ensures that if something unexpected happens to a carer, the person they care for gets help 24hours a day 7 days a week.

There is also a Devon based Carers’ Helpline which provides Information and advice to carers and is staffed from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. a popular service which receives an average of 400 calls per week.

Within Devon Carers Service there are also specific services for young carers. Devon Young Carers, known locally as Carewise, provides specific support for young carers aged 4 -18. This includes leisure activities and trips, 1:1 direct support and a newsletter. For more information on any of the services provided by Devon Carers please call 08456434435 or go to

Free event for carers

Carers Rights Day is an annual national event aimed at encouraging carers to become aware of their rights. This year, the local Devon Carers Service team will be holding a free Carers Rights information session on Friday 30th November, 1.30pm – 3:30pm at Bideford Town Hall. Nell Casey from Devon County Council will be giving a talk on the services provided by Care Direct and Care Direct Plus, including how carers can get care and support provided for the person they care for should this be needed. Phil Pennington from the CAB will also be giving a presentation on the benefits system including recent changes and developments. There will be free tea, coffee and mince pies and a chance to meet our team of Carer Support Workers. To book a place or for more information please contact the Northern Devon Team on 08456 434 435.

Reminiscence cafe at Northam Hall.

We are open every third Friday of the month,between 10am -12pm at Northam Hall.

Please come and join us. You will be welcomed by a friendly smile and refreshments. Next meeting 18th October Please give Sophie a call if you would like to know more or need transport on 01237 459337

Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane at Bideford Library

Wednesday 9th October 2:00-3:30 pm

Remember back… and look forward to sharing your memories with others –

chatting, looking at old items, perhaps creating a book of memories together.

For anyone aged 60+

Refreshments provided.


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