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Who is a carer?

A carer is anyone, including children and adults who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. 

NHS England

6000 people start caring each day

Carers UK

A carer helps with…






and much more...

Am I a carer?

Recognising yourself as a carer can be the gateway to getting a range of help and support which can take some of the pressure off you and allow you some time to look after yourself.

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Help and Support

Caring in Bracknell Forest 

Do you live or care for someone in Bracknell Forest? SIGNAL is funded to provide free support and advice for adults caring for adults including young carers approaching adulthood and carers of disabled children approaching adulthood.

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We know that supporting carers early in their caring journey is key to supporting them.

As a professional, you will meet, work with, or recognise unpaid carers as part of your everyday activities.

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Young Carers

A young carer is someone under 18 helping to look after someone with their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

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Adult Carers

A adult carer is someone over 18 helping to look after someone usually another adult with their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

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Parent Carers

A parent carer is someone over 18 who provides care to a disabled child for whom they have parental responsibility.

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Young carer helping his dad




In 2023 we shifted our focus on delivery of email bulletins, sent out every 2-3 weeks. However, we know that not everyone has access to, or is able to use, the internet. We are committed to sending at least one newsletter every year - as well as information that is...

Warm Welcome

Warm Welcome

Our over 55’s warm welcome is designed to support vulnerable and socially isolated people, as well as those on lower incomes; at a time when the cost of living is a significant challenge. We offer a warm, friendly and inclusive place with access to light refreshments...

Signal for Carers

1 day 10 hours ago

Dementia Action Week This year the focus is on dementia diagnosis; 1 in 3 people living in the UK with dementia have not had a diagnosis. 91% of people living with and diagnosed with dementia say there are benefits to having a diagnosis. Alzheimers UK provide information on symptoms as well as further information on Dementia Action week. Please visit: For information on the local Dementia Advisory Service please visit:

Signal for Carers

3 days 3 hours ago

Tomorrow we start our week of activities for Mental Health Awareness Week! 💚 We start off in Birch Hill Community Center with Claire and Lisa for a Tai Chi session from 9:30am until 10:30am. Join Claire for a chat afterwards! 💚 Then we are off to Jennetts Park for a Blue Bell walk with Kara, Jessica and Lisa. Starting from Peacocks Farm car park from 12pm until 2pm. Join them for a coffee afterwards in

Signal for Carers

1 week 2 days ago

The Carer Poverty Coalition recently launched a new petition calling on the Government to review and reform Carer's Allowance. As part of the Carer Poverty Coalition, Carers Trust is supporting the petition and urge the government to increase the amount of financial support which carers receive and review the eligibility criteria. We also call for the government to take action to prevent Carer’s Allowance overpayments and debts for carers. Find out more about the petition

Signal for Carers

2 weeks 4 hours ago

Please be aware that some pharmacies will be closed over the upcoming bank holiday weekend. You can check pharmacy opening times at but please note the details may be subject to change. #BePrepared Bracknell Forest Council Slough Borough Council RBWM Farnham Town Council Rushmoor Borough Council Surrey Heath Hampshire County Council Hart District Council

Signal for Carers

2 weeks 10 hours ago

Are you claiming Carers Allowance and working part-time? One in five carer’s allowance claimants who worked part-time on top of their caring duties were overpaid in 2023-24, landing many with debts they will spend years paying off. Although the DWP has in place data-matching technology alerting it to overpayments as they happen, MPs and journalists have highlighted its failure to investigate thousands of potential earnings breach notifications each month mean many continue undetected, often building

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