Carer Resources

Empowering Carers To Know Their Rights

Do you care for someone? Have you undertaken a care role that is unpaid?  Barnsley Council, SWYFT  and our  health and care partners across the borough  have  joined together to empower carers to know their rights, whether in a hospital setting, their community or within the workplace and to find out how to get help and support they are entitled to.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unpaid carers are under increased pressure – a survey by Carers UK has revealed with many carers  providing more care than they have before. This already demanding role  has become much more challenging. Some  carers have been unable to take any breaks in the last six months as the needs of the person they care for have increased.

If you or someone you know is in a caring role please take time to look at the information in the links below.

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Down load the Carers Passport here

Our Trust is committed to keeping carers and families of people who use our services informed​ and supported.

Read our Family, Friends and carers commitment   

It has been developed jointly by the Trust, family, friends, carers, third sector and partners. The Trust recognises the very difficult job thousands of carers do in supporting family members and loved ones. This commitment is designed to ensure that this critical role is acknowledged and respected and your own needs are met. The Trust’s guiding values are to provide services where families and carers matter. We greatly value the role that family and friends have in supporting recovery and maintaining health and wellbeing.​​

These are our three commitments to carers:

  1. We will work with you as a partner

  2. We will support you to get help and assistance when you need it

  3. We will train our staff to be aware of carers’ needs​

CAMHS Resources (co-produced by young people, carers and professionals) have put together these downloadable self-help and support guides for young people and for parents, carers and guardians.

Visit to download and for more information and support

Carers Trust

The Carers Trust aims to support unpaid carers to live their lives. Check out their website for information about support in your local area, national support, resources and information on anything from wellbeing and getting a break to benefit support and young carers.


Bereavement Service
From August 2nd 2021, Compass MHST will be providing Bereavement support for children, young people and families (CYPF).Barnsley’s CYPF Bereavement Service provides information, advice and counselling to:
Children and young people who are bereaved Parents/carers who are bereaved by the loss of a child.

bereavement (PDF, 99 KB)

Choose well for your mental health and wellbeing – a guide for adults

This guide has been created to help you to choose well to support your mental health and wellbeing. Carers, friends and families can also use this guide to look out for those close to them and direct them to the right
support. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with this so you know what to do in different situations.

1782-Choose-well-for-mental-health-FINAL (PDF, 642 KB)