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National carers organisations

Carers UK

Carers UK is a nationwide charity that provides information and advice about caring alongside practical and emotional support for carers. They also campaign to make life better for carers and influence policy and decision-makers.

Support available from Carers UK:

  • Advice line – freephone 0808 808 7777
  • Online forum
  • Online information
  • Network of around 50 local branches
  1. Visit the Carers UK website

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is the charity formed from the merger in 2012 of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care. Carers Centres and local Crossroads Care scheme are network partners of Carers Trust. See Carers centres and services for more information.

In Scotland the Princess Royal Trust name is still in use, and in Northern Ireland Crossroads Care did not merge (the service continues as Crossroads Caring for Carers Northern Ireland)

Support available from Carers Trust nationally:

  • Online discussion boards
  • Online information
  1. Visit the Carers Trust website
  2. Find your local carers centre or Crossroads Care scheme

Carers Direct

Carers Direct is an online resource provided by the NHS which offers comprehensive information on caring and advice for carers in England and Wales.

Support available from Carers Direct:

  • Free helpline – 0808 802 0202 (help available in different languages)
  • Local services search tool
  • Online information
  1. Visit the Carers Direct website
  2. Carers Direct also stream information for carers directly via our main MS Society website

Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to improve the lives of the carers and the people they care for. The MS Society is proud to be a partner in Carers Week alongside seven other national partner charities.

Each year there is a programme of local events, and media and policy campaigns. Your branch can support Carers Week by hosting your own events, partnering with local carers services, or promoting local events to members.

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