Resources for Carers

Carers UK Factsheets

Click here for clear and accurate information factsheets from Carers UK, relating to Carers issues including Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance, Coming out of Hospital.


The National Autistic Soceity

You'll find plenty of information for parents and carers on our website, including more about autismAsperger syndrome, and diagnosis

Much of the information in our Living with autism section is aimed at parents and is full of practical advice, ideas and further contacts.

Coffee Morning

We offer a carers café style drop in
every Monday for carers to sit and chat to others, have tea,
biscuits and a catch up with us. All carers are welcome and there is no need to
book just come along.

10am until 12pm


Here is an up-date on our high quality, professional and relaxing therapies at the Carers Centre.

Carers feedback – Reiki – “Really enjoyable and relaxing” Massage – “Really wonderful treatment and fantastic value. Such a lovely thing to look forward to, Thank you” and “This is a wonderful therapy for a person to experience, not only a massage but someone who cares for the carer as well”

Reflexology – “Excellent treatment highly recommended” . Footcare – “Excellent Treatment”

The Centre has purpose built relaxation therapy rooms and offers Carers of all ages regular therapy sessions to give them time out from their caring role

Read more: Therapy

GP Practice awarded the Gold Star

This months Gold Star goes to Pemberton Surgery on Sherwood Drive.

Although they do not own a Carers notice board. They are doing there best to promote Carer Awareness. I went along to speak with ALL the Reception Staff on how we can work together to support Carer's Health and Well Being (Their standard 5). We are also aware that staff are also sharing that information with other agencies that go into the practice.



Benefit Advice & Form Filling

We have a full time Benefit & Debt Advisor who is available to help and advice on all your issues.

Give Brian a call on 01942 705959.

Need help completing your form? why dont you make an appoiontment with our volunteer George.

Book in on 01942 705959.

Any queries just contact the centre.

Chiropody/ Podiatry

Podiatry is available in the Carers Centre on a Monday, by appointment only.

Read more: Chiropody/ Podiatry

Carers Assessment

If you support someone as a Carer you could be entitled to a Carers Assessment

A Carers Assessment can find out what help you as a Carer might need to help you in your caring role and the impact caring has on your health and well- being.

To find out more or to request an assessment please call the centre on 01942 705959

Feedback received:

'As with most carers money and time to yourself are always an issue ,without the information and help from people like Lisa and the carers centre we would have not been able to go anywere as funds are very tight .With the funds from the council we now have something to look forward to and a support centre with lots of support' -AM April 2016




Counselling provides a regular time and safe space to talk about things that are happening in your life and explore difficult feelings you may struggle to cope with. Counselling can help identify underlying problems and issues, as well as assist you in finding the best ways to cope. Each session is for an hour and initially for 6 weeks.

We do currently have a short waiting list so please enquire for further details.

Young Carers

Definition of a Young Carer

Children and young people under the age of 18 years who provide care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental ill health, sensory disability or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol. The level of care they provide would usually be undertaken by an adult and as a result of this has a significant impact on their normal childhood.

Read more: Young Carers

Carers and GP Practices

Read more: Carers and GP Practices


We can make referrals to a solicitor who have a specialist disability rights and public law unit. The unit offers a practical, rights based approach to solving your legal problems. They seek to resolve care, health and education disputes, challenging assessments of an individual’s care needs, tackling poor care plans or arguing an individual’s entitlement to public services on the basis of their human rights. They also make sure individuals receive all the health and community care services and special educational needs support they, or those they care for, need to enable them to live an independent life in the community.

They deal with all aspects of disability rights and public law including:
• After-care Services: Mental Health Problems
• Community Care
• Continuing Healthcare
• Deprivation of Liberty
• Disability Rights
• Education - Disability Rights
• Human Rights
• Mental Capacity
• Public Law
• Refugee & Migrant Support
 If you would like to speak to a solicitor please contact the Carers Centre on 01942 705959

Outreach in the community


Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre offers a wide range of services and support for Carers and includes an Outreach service to provide support to Carers in their own locality.

Read more: Outreach in the community


“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.     There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.   Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.    


Read more: Reiki

Health Trainer

Health Trainers provide advice, motivation and support in GP surgeries and other community settings. They help people develop a personal health plan to achieve goals such as eating healthier, cutting down on alcohol, quitting smoking, reducing stress levels and generally improving emotional health and wellbeing.

Read more: Health Trainer

Befriending Service

As a Carer, are you feeling isolated and need someone to talk to?

Then the Befriending Service might be able to help. You could gain support from a fully trained volunteer from the Carers Centre Befriending Service.

Read more: Befriending Service