All about carers

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help.
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Kingston Carers’ Network

Kingston Carers’ Network (KCN) is supporting over 3,000 adult carers and over 700 young carers in Kingston through a wide range of services.

KCN are committed to ensuring that carers have a stronger voice, offer a range of opportunities for carers to have a say in the way health, social care and carers’ services are run in the borough.

If you are a carer living in the London borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, Kingston Carers' Network can help you with a wide range of support services. If you would like to find out more, including how to make a referral, please visit their website: 

Kingston Carers Website 

KCN play a leading role in supporting carers' of all ages, including young carers aged 5 to 18 and can provide support with the following: 

  • information and advice, including 1-to-1 support
  • opportunities to meet other young carers'
  • fun activities, outings and breaks away from home
  • regular drop ins
  • awareness raising of the needs of young carers', particularly in schools
  • advocacy and whole family support
  • quarterly newsletter

If you would like to find out more about the young carers' project please visit the website:

Young Carers' Project 

Support for Carers with Kingston Council 

Through Kingston Council a carer will be entitled to an assessment of their own needs if it appears that they need support. The assessment must establish; 

  • whether the carer is willing and able to continue providing care to the disabled person they are caring for, 
  • what impact this has on the carer’s livelihood and wellbeing. 

The carer will have the same rights to an assessment and support as the disabled adult themselves. Their needs will be taken into account and used to shape their support plan. 

The carer is entitled to their own assessment even if the person who is cared for chooses not to have an assessment themselves

To find out more about carers' assessments please visit the Kingston Council Website: 

Kingston Councils information on carers' assessments 

Digital tools

Carers UK provide carers' in the Royal Borough of Kingston access to a wide range of digital tools and essential resources that may help make your caring situation easier.

You can access the digital tools, listed below, for free via the Carers UK Digital Resources website - (Your Free Access Code is: DGTL1438) or use the links below to get more information on each of the tools:

  • Upfront a simple tool to support you to navigate the benefits and entitlements system. Fill in your details, spend a couple of minutes answering questions and you'll be guided to the information you need.
  • Jointly- an app which helps you manage and coordinate activities and share information between those who you share the care with.
  • E-learning - a variety of courses which aims to help you identify and find resources, technology and sources of support to help you in your caring responsibilities.

For more information on carers' support please visit the Kingston Council website:

Kingston Council information on carers support 

Kingston Carers’ Strategy

Kingston’s Carers Strategy is currently being refreshed to support the needs of Kingston's carers.

The strategy will be created by Kingston council in partnership with carers, Kingston Carers’ Network and South West London CCG. It will set out the borough’s 3 year plan for supporting carers, including young carers and young adult carers. (Carers, in this context, are unpaid carers, some of whom may prefer to regard themselves as family, friends or neighbours.)

To find out more about the Kingston Carers Startegy please visit the 

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