Support for Carers

Are you Looking after Someone?

You may have recently become a carer by helping someone you know more and more. Or you may have been caring for many years.


Looking after someone close to you is important and rewarding, but it can affect your physical and emotional wellbeing or impact on you financially and socially.


“Are You Looking After Someone?” is a booklet that has been put together to help you:

  • identify if you are a carer
  • find support that is available locally, and
  • decide if you would benefit from a carers’ supported self assessment

Download the booklet: Are You Looking After Someone (PDF)


You can also get a copy from Aberdeenshire Council’s local Social Work offices, your GP practice or by phoning 01224 664991.


Carers Information Points

Carers Information Points are located in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Royal Cornhill Hospital.


Download the leaflet: Do you look after someone? – A leaflet for carers (PDF) for details of the NHS Grampian healthpoints / healthline which offer free and confidential health advice on practical ways to improve your health.


You can also get copies of the leaflet by phoning NHS Grampian 01224 551116. Publication number CGD 100229


Coping with Dementia: A practical handbook for carers

If you care for someone in the middle to late stages of dementia and you would like:

  • to find help and more information
  • practical advice on coping
  • to find caring more rewarding and less stressful
  • help you feel less isolated or alone

Download the handbook: Coping With Dementia – A practical handbook for carers (PDF) or phone NHS Grampian on freephone 0500 20 20 30 for a free copy and accompanying DVD.



More information:

Understanding Dementia : A guide for young people

If you are a young person, and someone close to you has been diagnosed with dementia the guide “Understanding Dementia” guide could help you to:

  • understand what dementia is, and what is happening to the person with dementia
  • cope with the effect the person’s illness has on you
  • find help and support if you need it

Download the guide: Understanding Dementia – A guide for young people (PDF) or get a copy by phoning NHS Grampian on freephone 0500 20 20 30.


Taking Short Breaks

If you care for someone with dementia, and think you would benefit from a break from the sometimes stressful demands and routines of your role as a carer, there is help. Short breaks are sometimes described as respite care. They are an essential part of the support that families and carers need to help them care for a family member, partner or friend who has dementia.


Short breaks can involve planning time apart, or time together with extra support, and can vary from several hours to a couple of weeks.


For more information go to the short breaks and respite care web page on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.


Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service

Quarriers took over from Voluntary Services Aberdeen (VSA) as the new service provider for adult carers from 01/04/2016. Quarriers already provide support to young carers in Aberdeenshire. The service will therefore provide support for adult and young carers and will be known as Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service.


For more information on the support available contact Quarriers:


Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service
Wardes Road
AB51 3TT
Telephone: 01467 538700


Alzheimer Scotland Carer Support, Aberdeenshire

If you live in South Aberdeenshire, and are a carer of someone with dementia, you will be welcome to join Alzheimer Scotland’s monthly carers support group where we offer gentle exercise, relaxation and nordic walking. At Alzheimer Scotland, we can also provide you with short breaks.
Iin the Banff and Turriff areas, a women’s carers support group meets each month and a support group for male carers meet monthly in Whitehills.


A new support group has recently been established for carers living in and around Peterhead.


If you live in North Aberdeenshire, Alzheimer Scotland offers one-to-one support to carers, especially when a family member has been newly diagnosed or if you are struggling with your caring role. A North Aberdeenshire carers newsletter is produced twice a year keeping you up-to-date about new developments in dementia and local issues.
Come along to one of our dementia cafés. They are a great place to meet new friends, share a coffee and chat. Dementia cafés are open once a month:

  • Westhill dementia café is in the Ashdale Hall, Westhill Drive – third Wednesday of the month, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Ellon dementia café is in the Station Hotel, Station Brae – first Tuesday of the month, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Inverurie dementia café is in the St Andrews Church Hall, High Street – third Thursday of the month, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Alford dementia café is in the Howe Trinity Parish Church, Alford – third Tuesday of the month, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm

A Carers Information Exchange is also held at the Broadstraik Inn in Elrick each month.


For more information on Alzheimer Scotland support groups or dementia cafes in Aberdeenshire, go to the Alzheimer Scotland website.


Forget-Me-Not Club

The Forget- Me-Not Club offers people with dementia and their carers weekly activities in venues in South Aberdeenshire including arts, crafts and music, walking, golf, shopping, Tai chi and complementary therapies. The Club is currently looking to set up “Singing for Pleasure” groups. More information is available on the Forget-Me-Not Club website.


Crossroads Caring Scotland

Crossroads provides practical support for carers of all ages. Crossroads can help you by taking over your caring responsibilities for a short period, allowing you to take time for yourself.


For more information, visit our website Crossroads Caring Scotland website or contact our local offices:


Crossroads East Banff and Buchan

Saltoun Chambers
19 Seaforth Street
AB43 9BD
Telephone: 01346 510280


Crossroads Kincardine and Deeside
44-46 Barclay Street
AB39 2FX
Telephone: 01569 762624

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