You can get help and support if you’re responsible for looking after someone who has a disability, is getting older or has become ill.

Help with money

You may be able to get help to increase your income if your caring duties are affecting your finances. Depending on your income, assets and living arrangements, you might be able apply for support. The Citizens Advice website has information on:

Help for the person you’re caring for

Making sure the person you’re caring for gets all the social care and support they’re entitled to could mean your role as a carer is made easier. They’re entitled to get a care needs assessment from the council. The Citizens Advice website has information on benefits and support on:

Dorset Carers Card Scheme

If you are registered as a carer with us then you will be eligible for the Carers Card Scheme. If you haven’t yet registered as a carer then contact Carer Support Dorset today to do so by calling 0800 368 8349 or emailing 

The scheme offers a range of discounts on goods and services including:

  • Days out and activities
  • Travel and holidays
  • Health and beauty
  • Sport and fitness
  • Places to eat and drink
  • Trades and services

Find out more about the carers card here –

Grants for carers

There are some charities and trusts that give financial help in the form of a grant to people in need. Grants can be given as money, products or services and don’t have to be paid back. To qualify for a grant, you would need to meet the eligibility criteria for the specific organisation. Turn2Us has details of charities that might be able to help you. For more information and to use their grant search tool, visit or contact them on 0808 802 2000. 

The Leonardo Trust – – may be able to help with funding for things you might need. Contact us to find out more by calling 0800 368 8349 or emailing .

More information

If you need further help or advice, there are a number of organisations you can contact.
These include:

You can also call us at Carer Support Dorset for any advice, information and support around finances and more. Call us free on 0800 368 8349.