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Support for Carers

Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

Carer Support Worker, Michele Glanfield, is based at Babbacombe surgery on Monday and Thursday, to help carers obtain the help, support and information they need.

If you are a carer of any age, and are looking after a relative or friend, and need advice and support, please contact Michele.

You can contact Michele by emailing her at or calling 01803 312233 via appointments. If you call when Michele is not available, reception staff will take your details and Michele will call you back. 

For further information on Torbay Carers' Services click here.

Carers Health & Wellbeing Check

A Carer's Assessment, known as a Health & Wellbeing Check, is a conversation about your caring situation and how it effects you. The assessment looks at all aspects of caring including your practical and emotional needs which might include having a short break, leisure activities, arranging sitting services or attending a support group. If needed, a further assessment can be arranged for your cared for.

Health & Wellbeing Checks (Carer's Assessment) are explained in more detail in the leaflet here.

If you would like to download a Health & Wellbeing booklet and self-assessment form, please click here.

Once you have completed the Health & Wellbeing Check booklet, please return it either to Michele at Babbacombe surgery, or to Carers Aid Torbay.

Information for Carers

Time Out is a support group for Brunel and Chilcote carers. To find out more, click here.

Signpost for Carers Information Line

Telephone: (01803) 666620


Torbay Carers on facebook by following this link

Funding for care

Further information regarding how your care is funded is available from NHS Choices. Click here to see more.

Benefits advice for carers

For help with completing benefit forms please contact the following;

Bay Benefits @ Carers Aid Torbay on 07530 790354.

Citizens Advice Bureau - 29, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3EQ

Phone 0300 3309026


Carers Rights Day 2018



Free Coffee and Cake Events 24th-30th November


Do you look after a family member or friend who cannot manage alone? Do they have a health condition, mental health, drug or alcohol issue, illness, dementia, visual, hearing or learning disability? If so, there is a lot of support for unpaid Carers, whatever their age and we would like to invite you to a variety of events that are happening from the 23rd – 30th November linked to Carers Rights Day.

Most include free coffee and cake (or similar alternative) or will give you a voucher to redeem elsewhere. There will be information and advice about Carers rights, benefit entitlements, assessments, support, discounts and much more.  Some of the events are listed below, but there are more being added every day, so for more information, please contact Signposts for Carers on: (01803) 666620, , Facebook/TorbayCarers or look at latest news.


Fri 23rd 10am-1pm SEND Fair for parents of Children with SEN, Parkfield, Paignton

Sat 24th 3-5pm Mincepies and More, Brixham Carers Centre, King St Brixham

Sat 24th to Fri 30th various events at Torbay Hospital – ask at Main Entrance

Mon 26th –Fri 30th drop-ins at various GP practices, ring us or them for details

Mon 26th –Fri 30th Young Carers Support at various schools, phone (01803) 208657

Tues 27th 2-4pm – Coffee and Cake, Olive Carers Centre, Plainmoor, Torquay

Tues- Thurs – Dementia Carers drop-in advice at Memory Cafes, across the Bay

Tues to Sat 10-4pm various events at The Lounge, upstairs at Fleet Walk Torquay including crafts, Yarn-bombing, music, IT help and Carers advice 12-2

Weds 28th – Coffee and Cake all day, advice 1.30-3.30, Windmill Centre, Torquay

Weds 28th 10-2pm Young Adult Carers (16-25) – Drop-in South Devon College

Friday 30th 10-12.30 Carers of Adult with Learning Disabilities – Paignton Carers Centre

Friday 30th Torbay Hospital – Pop-up Carers Cafés with free coffee and cake and advice at Main Entrance Café, Outpatients Café, Bayview Restaurant


Katy Heard, Carers Lead for TSDFT said ‘Often people who look after someone, especially a family member, don’t realise that they are considered to be Carers, and that they have all sorts of rights. We hope that by having a range of places offering coffee and cake, people will sit down and have a chat with one of our workers and find out about the whole range of support that is available. There is support in Hospitals, GP practices, information about working and caring, benefits and discounts and much more.’

Please click here to view more Carers' events for Torbay


Drop-in to either of the sessions below to see what telecare equipment is available to help you and the person that you care for. 

  • Tuesday 27th November 1.30pm - 3.30pm at The Lounge, Unit 23 Fleet Walk Shopping Centre, Torquay (left at the top of the escalator)
  • Tuesday 29th November 10.30am to 12.30pm at Paignton Carers Centre, Room 17, Paignton Library 01803 208455.

These sessions are run by NRS Telecare who can give you information about Lifeline and Pendant sensors (fire, flood and others), Medication prompts and reminders and a range of other equipment. 

NRS also offer free telephone advice on 0300 333 6511 Option 1

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