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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Adults Mental Health Support

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Services you can get in contact with for support +

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CPFT Eating Disorders Online Carers Support Group - When the country went into lockdown, CPFT arranged to replace the monthly Eating Disorder Carers Support Group with a weekly online meeting to provide support and advice. You can read their previous summaries here : Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4.

CPFT Carers Support - The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has information and support for carers and young carers which you can view here.

Family Voice - We are a local registered charity in Peterborough who are actively seeking to improve services in all areas of the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs. We are here for Parents and Carers of children and young people aged 0—25 years with a disability or additional needs.

We aim to work together with professionals and parents so that the services for our children and young people meet their needs. Putting parent carers and their children at the centre and helping them to be heard.

Carers UK - Caring Together Carers UK Helpline - Call 0800 808 7777, Helpline open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Carers trust logo Carers Trust - We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.

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Rethink Carers Support - Families and friends of people with mental health conditions often need information, encouragement and the strength that comes from knowing you are not alone. We are run by carers for carers. We have a wealth of experience of supporting people with mental health problems and we know our way around the mental health system. 

We provide:

  • Support groups, currently on zoom, with learning from each other and guest speakers
  • Non-emergency phone support
  • Email support via
  • Whats App group
  • One to one help such as informal advocacy
  • A newsletter three times a year
  • Information about other sources of assistance such as Making Space, Caring Together and CPSL Mind
  • Information about your rights, whether under the Care Act, the Mental Health Act or confidentiality rules
  • A voice for carers, providing a reality check for local planners and decision- makers so that gaps in services can be reduced wherever possible.

Rethink Mental Illness was established by carers over 40 years ago and carers continue to play a key role at every level within our organisation. Supporting carers and giving them and those they care for a voice in every aspect of mental health provision is a key aim for us. Rethink provides a range of services nationally for carers and those they care for. Its website provides a lot of information and advice on every aspect of being a carer. Its advice line on 0300 5000 927 is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am – 1.00pm. For more information about what Rethink offer, please click here.

Making space logo Making Space - We provide services in the heart of local communities, in the comfort of people’s own homes, and specialist care and support services. Our professional, caring employees and volunteers deliver our services with dignity, respect and compassion, focusing on outcomes that help the people we support have the freedom to enjoy an everyday life. View the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough leaflet here.

Pinpoint PinPoint - Helping Cambridgeshire parents who have children with additional needs and disabilities. Pinpoint Cambridgeshire is run for parents – by parents. We give help and information to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and give parent carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services.

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Caring Together’s vision is a world with no unpaid carer in crisis, isolated or struggling alone.

If you are an unpaid carer, they are there to help you. They can give you information and advice, and provide services and support to make your caring role more manageable, to benefit you and the person you support.

Calling them on 0345 241 0954, email or visit

If you are caring for someone with OCD:

Group image Cambridge OCD Support Group - This group is open to people with OCD and their family, carers, and friends.The group meets on the first Monday of every month from 7pm-8.30pm. Bath house Mill Rd. For more information please contact: or call 0303 040 1112 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

Logo The OCD Action website has a dedicated page for carers

OCD UK logo OCD UK has a dedicated section for Families

CPSL Mind logo The Mind website has good practical advice

The International OCD Foundation also has good advice

File:National Health Service (England) logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons The NHS website has some information for people with OCD

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Two books that cover topics helpful to a caregiver.

  • When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jon Hershfield, 2016
  • Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family by Karen J Landsman, 2005

Young people in caring roles who would like advice or support can contact one of the following services +

Centre 33 logo Centre 33 – Young Carers Project Cambridge City - Centre 33 offers support to Young Carers across Cambridgeshire for information and referrals please visit Centre 33 or contact: 0333 4141 809 E-mail:

Ormiston Trust | LinkedIn Ormiston Trust Young Carers Project Fenland - Tel: 01945 463337  E-mail:  please visit Ormiston Trust

Cambridgeshire County Council - Inspiring Governance Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carer support - Please visit the Young Carers page on the County Council website for the most up to date information. For a Young Carers Needs Assessment email

What benefits can carers get? +

Knowing what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to can make a real difference.

For example, you might be able to get a break from caring, or get help with pay for certain costs, or make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future.

There are three main types of benefits:

  • Benefits if you're not in paid employment – "earnings replacement benefits".
  • Benefits that help pay for extra costs, such as those relating to disability or having a child.
  • Benefits and tax credits that top up low income if you're in work – "means-tested benefits"

Carer's Allowance, an earnings replacement benefit, is the main benefit for carers. You may be eligible if you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more.

For more information on what benefits you can get as a carer click here.

*Some information gathered from and the services listed.


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