Carers' Support Groups

Carers' Support Groups

We have support groups across Surrey. They are friendly, informal get togethers, where you can chat to others about your caring role, and give each other support. Please register with us to attend the groups.

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What are support groups?

Our support groups run regularly all over Surrey.

Most are for ALL carers, and we have some specialist groups, e.g. for carers looking after someone with mental health issues. They’re open to anyone – family members, friends, neighbours – anyone in a caring role.

We can also signpost you to support groups outside of our organisation that provide support for specific conditions like the dementia cafés or Parkinson’s support.

Carers report that their caring role can make them feel lonely. Meeting up with other carers is a great way to fight that feeling of isolation.

Sometimes you feel you’re the only person in the world with this problem, and then you go to a support group and realise there are others like you.

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What happens at a support group?

They are friendly, informal get togethers, sometimes with a guest speaker, where you can chat to others about your caring role, and give each other support.

You can:
  • Share with others what it feels like to look after someone
  • Have your own needs recognised and understood – it’s a time for YOU.
  • Get information and learn more about support and local services
  • Share ideas on looking after yourself and managing your caring role
  • And what’s said in the group, remains in the group – it’s confidential

Support groups usually take place at places like community centres or cafes. There’s always tea/coffee on offer and Action for Carers staff there to support you too.

How do I find out about support groups?

On the Events page you’ll find a listing of all our support groups – remember to put in ‘Support Groups’ as the thing you’re searching for. You can also filter by location and type (eg parent carer, or all carers. We’d love to see you there!

Please remember that you need to register with us to attend a support group. Registering is quick and easy – please click the button below.

Register with us

If you’d like more information, please give us a call on 0303 040 1234 (select option 1) or email us CSAdmin@actionforcarers.org.uk

At first I thought it was a silly idea to talk to lots of other people with the same problems as me, I thought I’d end up more miserable. How wrong can you be? The support group has become my lifeline.

Carer, Surrey

Further help for you

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Support Groups

We have over 40 support groups meeting each month, right across Surrey. Some are for all carers, and some are for certain groups, like carers for people with mental health difficulties.

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One to one support

As well as Support Groups we have lots of other ways to support you and help you in your caring role. Find out more.