Do you look after someone who couldn’t manage without you?

Are you looking after a partner, child, friend or relative who is related to a Vetran and needs support because of frailty, disability, a health condition, mental illness, or alcohol/substance misuse? Is this care unpaid?

If this sounds like you, then you are a carer.

Caring can take its toll both mentally and physically. It is possible that your own health may suffer because of your caring responsibilities.

But Veteran Families is here to help. We have a range of services to support you in your caring role – they are free, and confidential. And we can signpost you to further sources of help and information.

How we help

One to one support

  • We have a wide range of direct, one-to-one services, including our Drop-in Centre. The phones are staffed by friendly and experienced Advisors, experts in caring matters, who can talk through your issues and offer advice and support.
  • Our Advisors can offer advice and information, assist with forms, and provide advocacy, as well as give emotional support.
  • For  anyone in the North East caring for someone who is currently serving, a reservist or veteran, or an armed forces family member we also have specialist information and support.
  • As well as this, we also run weekly Support Groups in Wallsend, and have various workshops and information events to help you in your caring role.

Find out more about all our support.

Money worries

Sadly, caring can affect your finances. Find out more about the financial support available.

Practical support

There’s a whole load of practical issues to consider as a carer – from support from social services, to transport matters and work. Read more on our practical support pages


It’s so important that you look after yourself as a carer. Read about breaks, emotions, your health, and more in our wellbeing section.

Using your voice

As well as supporting you, we help carers have their say on matters important to them – to help improve the lives of all carers.

Younger carers

We also have specialist support for young carers (under 18) and young adult carers (18-24) too.

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