A carer is someone who looks after an ill, frail or disabled partner, relative or friend.

How can I tell if I’m a carer?

It can be difficult to recognise that you’re a Carer, many people do it so naturally they don’t even recognise that they’ve taken on this role.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does someone rely on me for meals, medication or support?
  • Could I go on holiday without arranging care for someone else?
  • Has my income or career been affected by caring for someone?
  • Would I struggle to find someone to care for my nearest and dearest if I was ill?

If you answer yes to one or more of the above questions, you may have taken on a caring role.

Supporting you

If you’re a carer in Stockton-on-Tees, we can help

At Sanctuary Supported Living’s Stockton Carers Service, we provide practical support and advice  to adult carers in the Stockton Borough so that they are able to go on making a difference to the people they support. You can become aware of your rights as a Carer and gain access to as much help and advice  as possible.

We also run various weekly and monthly support groups  including a lunch club – please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest  information or telephone the service on 0800 91702024.

We also offer a carer respite service which provides carers with up to eight hours per month of free respite, so they have more time for themselves.  Additional hours can be provided at a charge. 

Benefits advice and support

The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016)  introduced some changes to the benefit cap. If you are a carer in the Stockton borough area and you have been affected by these changes, we may be able to refer you for benefits advice and support.

For further information about Stockton Carers:

Read our Stockton Carers Service - Winter Newsletter 2017 (PDF 1MB) for the latest news, information and advice. 

Contact us on 0800 917 0204 or email

Connect with us on social media by liking our North East Carers Facebook page or following our Twitter account @NECarers.

Visit our Sanctuary Supported Living Twitter account @SancSL to keep in touch.

Groups and activities

Meet other carers, get peer support and enjoy a cuppa or lunch in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Carers Group

Every Thursday


Five Lamps,
32 Dovecot Street, TS18 1LN

Learning Disability Carers Support Group

Every second Wednesday of the month


Lanark House,
Elm Tree Avenue, TS19 0UY

Lunch Club

Every second Tuesday of the month


Brewers Fayre pub/restaurant,
Yarm Road, TS18 3RT
Contact us on 0800 917 0204 for more information.