Across the UK today, there are around 6.5 million carers. That’s one in eight adults – and that number is rising.

In North East Lincolnshire alone, there are 16,500 carers.

Caring impacts every part of your life – from relationships to finance and from employment to health.

Maybe you don’t see yourself as a carer. You’re a parent, child or friend and this support is just part of that role.

But if you provide unpaid support for someone who has an illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction – and doing this takes up a lot of your time – you’re a carer.

Your daily tasks might include some of the following:

  • Making sure someone gets to regular appointments
  • Doing someone’s shopping for them
  • Helping someone to wash, dress or eat
  • Helping someone to cope with a mental health illness
  • Looking after someone’s finances
  • Providing medical care

People often consider caring as something physical. But if you’re giving emotional support too, that is considered to be part of a caring role, too.

Caring is unbelievably challenging and can affect you emotionally too, so we want to play our part in making sure you get the support you need.

  • If you’re interested in a carer’s needs assessment to see if there is additional support that can be provided for you, we’ll carry out your assessment or support you and signpost you to the appropriate organisations

  • We’ll welcome you into our community membership so you have a direct say on local mental health services

  • We’ll provide carer groups, activities and training opportunities to meet your needs

  • We make sure our staff are ‘carer-aware’, identifying when carers may have needs of their own and providing support or signposting to it where appropriate

  • We’ll make you aware of Gardiner Hill Foundation grants you may be eligible for if you’re looking to access training or find finances to pay for extra support. You can apply online.

Carers UK: The Carers UK website has a wide range of help and advice for carers, including information on financial support, advice on staying well and benefits guidance.

North East Lincolnshire Carers Support Service: The Carers Support Service offers support to the 16,500 carers across the county, with support given not only if you’re caring for someone with a mental health illness, but for a variety of other issues too.

Call (01472) 242277

Get in touch

If you care for a NAViGO service user, you can now register as a NAViGO carer through our website.

If you have any questions about the support you may be eligible for, or caring in general, you can call our carers team on (01472) 806800.

If you have any questions about the support you may be eligible for, or caring in general, you can email our carers team on

If you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 free from a landline or mobile phone.