Register as a carer
You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re a carer, but it can be useful to register as a carer if you are trying to access certain discounts or services. By becoming a member of the Carers Support Centre, you will get a membership card which you may be able to use as proof of being a carer, alongside certain local discounts and a subscription to our regular newsletter and e-bulletin: Join as a member.
If you need to show you are receiving Carer’s Allowance, you could use your benefit entitlement letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). If the person you support receives Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance then their benefit entitlement letter may also be accepted as proof that you care for them.
You might find it helpful to let your GP know that you are a carer. Some GPs hold their own registers of carers attending the surgery so it is worthwhile asking. Putting your caring status on your record can be really helpful as your GP may offer more flexible services to carers or keep a closer eye on your health.