A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a parent, partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental health issues, substance misuse or disability.

At Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we use the term ‘carer’. However if you don’t like this word and would prefer it if we use words like ‘wife/husband/partner’ or ‘daughter/son’ or ‘friend/neighbour’ just let us know. We’ll be guided by you.

We work in partnership with Carers Leeds to provide help, advice and support for carers. Carers Leeds can provide:

  • one-to-one support
  • information about carers’ groups
  • information about carers’ education
  • information about benefits

Carers Leeds has an information advice line that is available from Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 4.30pm on 0113 380 4300.

You can also email Carers Leeds at

You can find out more information about the support available for carers on the Carers Leeds website.