Carers Support Centre

Carers Support Centre is a local charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire by providing practical and emotional support. This includes a confidential telephone support line, carers emergency card, one-to-one support and carers’ groups, activities for carers to take some time out, short breaks and training.

Building Better Opportunities is a Carers Support Centre project that supports carers aged 16+ to feel more confident and better prepared to access training, volunteering and employment opportunities across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath or North Somerset. The project is part of West of England Works Building Better Opportunities project.

We are partnering with various charities and organisations across the region to raise awareness of the opportunities available to carers and how to access them, this could be anything from training courses that improve confidence levels or brushing up on your IT skills, to flexible volunteering/employment opportunities from local employers. Carers will receive Individual tailored support through our team of officers who will work with each carer on a 1:1 basis to establish their needs, creating a supportive action plan that fits around their caring responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Carer aged 16+
  • Currently unemployed or economically inactive
  • Living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath or North Somerset
  • Evidence of legal right to work in the United Kingdom

If you would like to refer a carer to our project please complete this form.

Carers in Paid Employment is a carers support centre project that is part of national pilot that aims to develop support for carers in employment.  As one of nine pilot sites in England receiving funding from central government, we are engaging local businesses to raise awareness and develop support tools and services that employers can access free of charge to address employee wellbeing, in order to support and retain their staff who have caring responsibilities outside of the workplace. The support available for carers currently in work is as follows:

  • Onsite carers training detailing support services available
  • Carers helpline and email service providing information, advice and signposting
  • 1:1 confidential support sessions and surgeries
  • Access to carers passport documentation to record caring situation
  • Carers advocacy within the workplace
  • Access to local carers groups
  • Telephone ‘check in’ service

If you are interested in hearing more about either the Building Better Opportunities or Carers in Paid Employment project please get in touch on 0117 377 1015 or

Carers Support Centre, Vassall Centre, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ