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Supporting carers at Gaddum

A carer is anyone of any age who cares – without pay – for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

If you need guidance, whether financial or practical, we can help. We offer support services for adults, and young carers aged 5 – 25.

Adult Carers

Who is this service for?
This service is for unwaged carers aged 18+ who live in Salford.

What does it cost?
This service is free.

Unwaged carers are not paid for the care they provide. They may have a job which they balance alongside their caring duties, but the actual care they provide isn’t paid for.

We’re here to support you. Here’s some of the things we can help you with.

Carers Assessments

A carers assessment is a discussion with you, the carer, and a support worker about your needs as a carer.

It’s not a test and the assessor will not penalise you for the care you provide. The assessment might recommend things like having a break, help with transport, training on lifting and safely, details of local support groups, benefits advice and more.

Visit our Carers Salford page to fill in our referral form.

One to one support

You know what they say, a problem shared is a problem halved, and if you are struggling as a carer and just need someone to talk to, we offer a certain number of one to one sessions with a carers support worker.

Visit our Carers Salford page to fill in our referral form.

Groups and Events

We also have a range of events for carers in Salford including carers walks, coffee mornings, wellbeing courses, workshops, focus groups and more.

Visit our events page for more details.

NHS Talking Therapies

This is a therapy service called NHS Talking Therapies – Anxiety and Depression, which is funded by the NHS. We offer a range of one-to-one therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centred counselling, integrative therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) therapy as part of this programme.

Find out more 

Young Carers

Who is this service for?
This service is for young carers carers aged 5 – 18 who live in Manchester and Salford.

What does it cost?
This service is free.


We know it’s hard looking after someone else – especially when you’re young. It’s because you care, and that’s amazing. It may be overwhelming though and come with lots of pressures. We know this, and we can help. We look after young carers with support, a listening ear, life tools and regular groups and activities.

Salford Young Carers Service

We work with young carers aged up to 18, their family, schools and other agencies to provide support; including 12 weeks of tailored support to enable the young person to reach their full potential and overcome issues relating to their caring role. Commissioned by Salford City Council. We also provide support for young adult carers aged 18 – 24.

To find out more contact

Shine Young Carers Service

We provide activities for young carers aged 5-16 in Manchester and Salford. These include after school arts and crafts sessions on Mondays (ages 8-13), and drop in sessions over Zoom on Tuesdays (ages 13+)  and Wednesdays (under 13’s). Funded by the National Lottery.

From November 2023 we are unable to accept new referrals into our Shine Young Carers service for young carers in Manchester.

Please click here for more information on support for young carers in Manchester.

Young carers aged 18 - 25

The Young Adult Carers Service supports carers aged 18 – 25. Young Adult Carers referred will receive up to 8 one to one sessions to support with managing life as a Carer.

As well as one to one sessions, Young Adult Carers are entitled to a carers assessment which can be carried out by our team.

To find out more contact

What people say about my carers service

I think that it’s really important for people to know about young carers because if there are other children who look after siblings or Mums and Dads, they need to know that there are people there for them to talk to if they are feeling upset.

Young carer

Struggling to care for a child with special educational needs as well as balancing work and doing shopping for my mum is tough. Support from Gaddum has really helped me look at balancing everything I do. I know even get some time each week for me.


You allowed me time to express myself & listened attentively. For the first time in a while ‘I felt listened to & heard’. You are a star, please keep doing what you are doing.


If you’d like some help or advice, please send me an email to, or you can speak to one of my team by calling 0161 834 6069.