If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer you may feel you face additional challenges as a carer, both practical and emotional. You may face similar challenges if the person you care for is LGBTQ+.
Worries and concerns
You may feel that some services are ‘not for you’ or people might not understand your needs or what you’re going through. Sometimes people can even be put off seeking support because they worry about others’ reactions, or even discrimination.
However, there is support for you as a carer, whoever you are – and people cannot discriminate against you. You’ll find Action for Carers a fully welcoming place – and you can expect a warm welcome from our support groups, and other services too.
You can also find support as an LGBTQ+ carer on Carers UK’s forum.
Support in Surrey
Surrey charity Outline provides support to people related to their sexuality and gender identity, including the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans community of Surrey, primarily through its helpline, website and support groups. You can call them on 01483 727667 or contact them by email at [email protected].
Twister – LGBT and Youth Groups
Youth Workers from Surrey County Council run Twister. It’s a safe space where young people can meet to get support, make friends, and take part in fun, creative and awareness-raising activities. It is for young people age 13 to 19 and up to 25 if the young adult has special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
Surrey County Council information
Publications on LGBTQ+ caring
There have been two recent publications outlining the challenges of being an LGBTQ+ carer:
Northern Ireland LGBTQ+ Carers – Carers UK booklet
This guide includes help on identifying as an LGBTQ+ carer and accessing support from public services or health and social care trusts, as well as information on end-of-life affairs. Coupled with the practical information are the real stories of LGBTQ+ carers who have benefited from support.
Young Adult LGBTQ+ Carers in Scotland – Carers Trust report
This report outlines the additional challenges faced by young adult LGBTQ+ carers in Scotland. Sadly they reported extremely high levels of bullying. 83% had personally experienced bullying in school, 40% in college and 27% at university. 88% reported to have, or to have had, mental health problems.