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Do you look after a friend, partner or relative?

The Islington Carers Hub’s team is here for you when you need us. We provide emotional, financial and practical advice and guidance to unpaid carers aged 18 and over. We can register you as a carer, introduce you to a network of Islington carers and help you to get a break.

Find out how we can help

Am I an unpaid carer?

A carer is anyone who cares for a friend or relative with an illness or disability without being paid. So, if you’re helping with shopping, paperwork, attending hospital appointments, you’re probably a carer. You might help someone round-the-clock or for a few hours a week.

More about unpaid carers

Can I get a Carer’s Assessment?

A Carer’s Assessment is a structured conversation to see if there’s anything that can make your life easier as a carer. This might include things like how to get a break from caring, help with benefits or help to find specific support groups.

More about Carer's Assessments

How to get started?

The first step is to contact us. We will help you complete your registration and talk through any support that might be helpful. You’ll then receive a welcome pack and our regular newsletter and mailings.

Get started

Our helpline is available for advice, guidance and a listening ear Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Our helpline is available for advice, guidance and a listening ear Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Money and benefits

Caring for someone can lead to money worries, especially if your caring role means your working life is impacted. As a carer, it’s possible you could be eligible for financial support.

Find out about Carers Allowance and other money-related guidance including finding and paying for care.

Carer wellbeing

With so much to consider when caring for someone, quite often you can feel stressed and not know who to turn to. However it’s essential that you also look after yourself. Some ‘me time’ could include investing in your own interests, having a short break or even having some counselling just to discuss how you’re feeling.

Need some help and advice?

Call us, email or complete a short form to register with Islington Carers Hub.

About us

Islington Carers Hub is a service provided by Age UK Islington, funded by Islington Council.

We support carers who are over 18 years

We support carers (sometimes called unpaid carers or family carers) who are over 18 years old. Either the carer or the person they are caring for needs to live in Islington.

We work in partnership

We have an Islington Carers Partnership Network and work in partnership with services providing support for carers. This includes services for specific health conditions, disabilities or support for younger carers.

What we provide

We have a helpline for carers and provide face-to-face appointments to help with practical, financial and emotional issues. We also provide carers assessments, celebrate the contribution of carers, run free and affordable events and help them to get a break.

How Age UK Islington can help

Age UK Islington who runs the Islington Carers Hub service can provide support to the person you’re caring for. This could be help staying independent at home, with money worries, mobility issues or help to get out and about, plus more.

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Carer’s journeys

Read about the experiences of three Islington carers caring for family members: the challenges, the rewards and the support that they have valued in their caring journeys.  Each story shows the incredible contribution that people make looking after friends and loved ones in Islington.

Carers Journeys
January 11, 2024

Carer’s journey: Katie

Unpaid Carer Katie talks about caring for her mother, the impact of the Cost-of-living Crisis and the support she received from Islington Carers Hub The increased cost of energy, food and fuel are putting pressure on everyone. Unpaid carers are…
Carers Journeys
August 9, 2023

Carer’s journey: Jeanne Pring

Jeanne was originally caring for both her husband’s parents from 2016. She and her husband had to move into their house and provide round-the-clock care without much physical help. She managed medication, household administration and oversaw their care. Jeanne had…
Carers Journeys
August 9, 2023

Carer’s journey: Barney Cox

I’ve been the main carer for my mum and dad for a number of years now. When I was first caring for them, I was still working as a freelance journalist and had just become a dad to my son.…