A carer is someone, of any age, who provides support to family or friends, who could not otherwise manage without their help. They may be caring for a relative, partner or a friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance abuse issues. Many carers live with the person that they care for and many look after someone who lives independently or is in hospital, in supported accommodation or in a care home.
Compass Carers is the first dedicated carers support service for un-paid carers across Somerset, offering information, advice and guidance as well as emotional support, signposting, training, and a telephone support service.
If you're an un-paid carer and would like to receive our support (free of charge), please either contact us via the telephone number above, by using the on-line referral form (via the left hand menu), or via e-mail (which can be found at the bottom of this page), we'd really like to hear from you.
If you need to speak to someone outside the hours of our telephone service, then on a Saturday you can call Somerset Direct (9am- 4pm) on 0300 123 2224 , or during evenings and on Sunday you can call the Somerset Direct Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 2327.
Compass Carers is a member of the Safe Places Scheme, please click on the image for more information.
In April 2013, as part of the coalition government's Welfare Reform Act 2012, the social fund was replaced with Local Assistance Schemes. The Social Fund used to provide Crisis Loans to people who, due to an emergency, found themselves without the means to purchase basic essentials; and Community Care Grants to help disabled people to set up their own home, or to people who are leaving institutional settings to live in the community. For more information regarding the Local Assistance Scheme in Somerset click on the image below...
Compass Carers, Unit 11-12 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH
Tel:01823 255911 (Direct Dial) or 01823 282823 /0330 3330089
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Fax: 01823 351790
As you may be aware, Compass Disability Services are a non-campaigning organisation, we have to be due to the nature of our contracts. That said, nobody’s stopping our customers campaigning on their own behalf. As you’ll probably know, Attendance Allowance is a benefit for severely disabled people aged 65 and over, to help with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability. It’s also a ‘gateway’ benefit that can be required in order to claim Carers Allowance.
The Government is currently consulting on whether it should transfer responsibility for Attendance Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions to individual local authorities in England. The government’s said that current recipients wouldn’t be affected by such changes. However, you may also be aware that central government has been cutting it’s funding to Somerset County for a number of years. If you’d like to contact your local MP about this, then please click HERE
Carers UK are actively campaigning against these changes, to read more about what they have to say, click HERE
In healthwatch's own words: "These questions are about your healthcare, and how you would like it to work."
"Healthwatch Somerset has been working with our Local Medical Committee on access to GP appointments, medical treatment and advice. Together we have designed the attached survey....to be completed by people living in Somerset. The information from the completed surveys will be used anonymously to produce a report and to help shape the development of Primary Care Services in Somerset."
To fill this survey out online, click HERE.
To download a copy to print click HERE. (freepost return).