Signpost Stockport for Carers is an independent local charity which provides free, confidential information and support to unwaged carers of all ages in the Stockport area. A carer is someone who, without a wage, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness, addiction or disability. Very often people do not recognise themselves as 'carers'; they are just family members, friends or neighbours who find themselves in a caring situation. A carer may not always live with the person they care for, but their help can often be essential in enabling that person to go on living independently.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for carers in Stockport.

We do this by working in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations and by acting independently in the interests of carers throughout Stockport.

Our aim is to raise the profile of carers in Stockport, encouraging a wider recognition of their contribution to society and providing information and support which will assist carers in their caring roles and enable them to fulfil their own needs as individuals.

Our key objectives include:

  • enabling carers to access information which will help them in their caring role
  • enabling carers to access appropriate available support according to their needs
  • promoting a range of practical and emotional support for carers, including working alongside other voluntary and statutory organisations to provide access to recreational and social group activities
  • maximising income to prevent carers falling into poverty
  • working with health professionals to increase identification of carers in order that their health and wellbeing needs can be addressed
  • ensuring, by listening to carers, that their needs are presented to relevant statutory and voluntary organisations
  • promoting a positive image of carers and generating a deeper understanding and wider recognition of carers’ issues
  • enabling young carers to access support in their caring role and to assist their personal development

Caring can often be demanding, both physically and emotionally. It may help to know that your work is recognised by others, and that there are services and benefits available to help support you in your role.