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Who are Carers?

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 – 18.

*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.

How do we help carers?

Adult Carers


An adult carer may be helping a friend, neighbour or relative with day to day tasks. These may be linked to their substance misuse, difficulties with a learning disability, physical or mental health. We know it’s a strain, and 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.

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Sign up to our adult Carers Salford monthly newsletter for the latest news on events and carers support in your area.

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Young Carers


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.

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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.