Support for Carers

Caring for someone can be challenging and stressful. It’s important that you look after your wellbeing as a carer and to know who you can go to for support when you need help. 

Sign up for support

Who is a carer?

The Newham Carers Strategy defines a carer as an individual aged five and over who provides unpaid care and support to a parent, partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without their help due to a disability/impairment, ill health, frailty or substance misuse. This includes:

  • Adult Carers
  • Parent Carers
  • Mutual Carers
  • Sandwich Carers
  • Young Carers
  • Young Adult Carers
  • Former Carers

For more information about the Newham Carers strategy

Find support

Newham Carers Community logoCaring for someone can be challenging and stressful. It’s important that you look after your wellbeing as a carer and to know who you can go to for support when you need help. 

If you need support, you can call 020 3954 3143 or self-refer yourself to the Newham Carers Community.

The Newham Carers Community offers lots of support, including:

  • A carers support group
  • Digital support sessions to help carers with using computers and the internet.
  • Young Carers' support and activities, e.g. arts, crafts, sports and maths tuition.
  • Carers information and support
  • Supporting Carers to understand the statutory Carers Assessment process and to request access to one from the Council’ 
  • Drop-in sessions

Training schedule 

As part of the Newham Carers Community, you can have access to over 130 social care courses. Take a look at Grey Matter Learning here.

Visit the Newham Council website for more information

Find out about the Carers Strategy, young carers and more

Sign up to be a Carer Friendly Newham organisation

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Why should we sign up?

By joining the programme your organisation is making a formal and public commitment to improving the lives of the Carers you support or who work for you.

Becoming a Carer Friendly Newham organisation will:

  • Ensure that you and your staff/representatives receive up to date and engaging information on how you can effectively support Newham Carers and are engaged in local events such as the annual Newham Carers Festival;
  • Enable you to promote yourselves as a ‘Carer Friendly Newham’ organisation (you will receive a ‘Carer Friendly Newham’ kite mark / logo and a window cling on sticker if your organisation has an in-borough, resident facing building);
  • Be promoted as a ‘Carer Friendly Newham’ organisation on our Council / Well Newham website.
  • Receive regular updates on progress with the delivery of the Carers Strategy in Newham and have the opportunity to become partners in its delivery.

To sign up, please fill out this form

Other carers support groups in Newham

There are many support groups run by carers for carers. Find the right group for you below:

Carers Wellbeing Matters

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This project aims to support the wellbeing of unpaid carers through online and in person workshops.


Newham Carers Peer-Counselling Network

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Peer Counselling support for Carers in Newham. Carers learning the fundamentals of peer counselling.

Developing counselling skills whilst giving and gaining support through shared experiences.


Carers peer support for disabled parent of disabled children

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Residents United Forum gives emotional and psychological support for the double barriers disabled parent of disabled children faced.


Caring Hearts

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We run different wellbeing activities for carers, such as social outings, workshops and support circles.

Contact for more information.

Newham Parent Carer Forum

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The Newham Parent Forum (NPF) is a voluntary group of parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with special/additional needs and disabilities (SEND) living in Newham.

Please email the Newham Parent Forum for more information: 

Cerebral Palsy Network Group

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A group of parents / carers of children and young people with special needs from various ethnic backgrounds, who support and understand each other.

Subco Trust - support for Asian elders

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Subco Trust works with isolated and housebound elders from diverse South Asian communities in Newham as well as the local community for over 30 years.

AgeUK older people's reference group

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Join our older people's reference group for City & Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Contact Grace Patient on 07375051243 for more information.

Newham Rise support for family and carers

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The Family & Carers service offers support to any family member or individual aged 18 and over who are affected by their loved ones’ substance use problem, whether currently or in the past.