Many people do not see themselves as carers. A carer is usually unpaid and someone who cares for, or helps to care for someone, whether it be a partner, parent, brother, sister, another relative, neighbour or friend because they need help due to an illness or disability.

Do you just help out when someone you know who is living with HIV needs it? Not because you need to but because you want to. Perhaps calling yourself a carer would simply not enter into your thinking. Even if you don’t want to use the label ‘carer’, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to access support for yourself, such as emotional or practical support. Even additional benefits that may be available to support you in getting a much needed break.

It can be very isolating when caring for someone with HIV as you may be the only person who is aware of that person’s status, we are here to help and support you, from individual 1:1’s, to be becoming part of a group support network and even to help source funding for respite for you on your, or with other carers. Contact us at info@eddystone.org.uk or telephone 0800 328 3508 or 01752 254406 for details on how to access our services.

As we deliver services from Cornwall to Gloucestershire there are a number of carers organisations we work with, these include the following:

Cornwall Carers – www.cornwallcarers.org.uk
Plymouth Guild – www.plymouthguild.org.uk
Devon Carers – www.devoncarers.org.uk
Somerset Carers – www.somersetcarers.org.uk
Bath & North East Somerset Carers – www.banescarerscentre.org.uk
Carers Gloucestershire – www.carersgloucestershire.org.uk