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.

Stockton Carers Service

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 917 0204.

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. 

For further information about Stockton Carers:

Read our Stockton Carer Service Leaflet (PDF 1MB) for more information on how we can support you. For the latest news, information and advice, please see our  Autumn Newsletter 2017 (PDF 314KB).

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.

Middlesbrough Dementia Adviser Service

At Sanctuary Supported Living's Middlesbrough Dementia Adviser Service, we offer confidential information, advice and a range of support to people diagnosed with dementia, their family and carers in the Middlesbrough area. We'll make sure you and your loved ones get the right help to ensure you can continue to enjoy a meaningful life after a diagnosis of dementia.

We offer a range of regular events and activities throughout the year including Dementia Awareness Week, a summer day trip, World Alzheimer's Day and a Christmas party. We welcome new members to our regular group meetings and activities including our Lunch Club, Dementia Support Group and our Quarterly Focus Group. Please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information or telephone the service on 01642 223 544.

Middlesbrough Dementia Adviser Service is funded by Middlesbrough Council and is FREE to access for adults living in Middlesbrough. 

For further information about Middlesbrough Carers:

Read our Middlesbrough Dementia Adviser Service Leaflet (PDF 652KB) for more information on how we can support you.

Contact us on 01642 223 544 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

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Carers Room,
Stockton Business Centre,
70-74 Brunswick Street, TS18 1DW

Learning Disability Carers Support Group

All at:

Lanark House,
Elm Tree Avenue, TS19 0UY

Thursday 5th October

Approach Training Safely

11:00am - 1:00pm

Friday 3rd November

Mental Health First Aid

11:00am - 1:00pm

Thursday 5th December

Peer Support

11:00am - 1:00pm

Please note that these sessions can be subject to change.

Lunch Club

Every second Tuesday of the month

12:00pm - 2.30pm

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