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Carers' information

Oxfordshire's Commitment to Carers

Carers Week

Oxfordshire's Commitment to Carers was officially launched during Carers Week 2018 (11-17 June) following more than two years of partnership working between carers and health and social care organisations in the county.

Oxfordshire's Commitment to Carers (pdf, 197 KB)

Organisations which have signed up to the Commitment include:

  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Oxfordshire County Council

together with Action for Carers Oxfordshire including Carers Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Young Carers Service.

Sam Foster, Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals, launched the new Oxfordshire Commitment to Carers at an event on 12 June.

By signing up to the Commitment, each organisation is declaring that it will recognise, value, support, and listen to carers.

Are you a carer?

A carer is someone of any age who looks after a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who has an illness, disability, frailty, or addiction. The help they provide is not paid for as part of their employment. The care may be personal, emotional or supervisory. They may or may not live with the person for whom they care.

The link below will take you to the Carers Oxfordshire website for more information:

Carers Oxfordshire -

Support for carers

Electronic Patient Record display on a computer screen.Do you look after someone? Carers Oxfordshire listens to carers and provides information and advice. It also aims to help carers get the support they may need.

Here for Health - Carers' Health MOTs

The Here for Health Improvement Advice Centre is a service available for OUH staff, patients and visitors, to access support with healthy living and health behaviour change.

The advisors have teamed up with Kay Francis (details given above) to specifically promote the use of the service by informal carers.

Carers can drop in at a time convenient for them, no appointment necessary, and support is available on a wide range of topics:

  • Eating more healthily
  • Becoming more active
  • Giving up smoking
  • Weight management
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Emotional wellbeing

The service can also refer/signpost to relevant community services for ongoing support.

For further information please contact:

South and Vale Young Carers

South and Vale Young Carers is a charity offering free, friendly, confidential advice and support to young carers.

The charity provides:

  • a sympathetic ear and emotional support
  • expert advice and information
  • free respite trips and activities for young carers - for more details please contact the South and Vale office.

We offer young carers free confidential advice by telephone, or by pre-arranged appointments with an outreach worker at your home. Our services include emotional support, respite day trips and activities.

  • Advice: 10.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday to Friday
    Closed Mondays
  • Tel: 01235 838554
  • Email:
  • Facebook: South and Vale Page
  • South and Vale Carers
    Harwell Innovation Centre
    173 Curie Avenue
    Didcot OX11 0QG

Oxfordshire Young Carers Service

This information is for young carers, parents, carers and/or professionals working with young carers and their families.

Young carers services -

Dementia Information Café at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Are you visiting a friend or relative with dementia in hospital, or caring for someone with the condition? Why not join us for tea, biscuits and an informal chat about the support available?

Dementia Information Café

Once a month on the first Tuesday, 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Level 2, John Radcliffe Hospital main building

The café is trialling a new location - in the League of Friends Café on Level 2. Drinks can be obtained free of charge from the café for those seeking advice and support about dementia.

Representatives from Alzheimer's Society, Carers Oxfordshire and Dementia Champions for the Trust will be on hand to answer questions and give advice.

For more information about the Dementia Information Café please contact:

'Twiddle muffs' wanted for hospital patients with dementia

Would you be interested in knitting a 'twiddle muff' for one of our patients? Find out more from our fact sheet.

Dementia Care - Twiddle Muff Fact Sheet (pdf, 98 KB)

Staying in hospital

Please use the link below to access information about staying in hospital.

Staying in hospital