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Services commissioned by the Trust

In addition to the carer support services it provides, the Trust commissions the following carer support services to provide support advice and guidance in the local community:

  • Carers First, Clanrye – support for adult carers







    Carers First is a support programme, commissioned by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, which offers a range of services to adult carers living within the Southern Trust area. Some of the services we offer include:

    • Telephone Support service
    • Peer Support
    • Advocacy services/ signposting
    • Social activities
    • Health & wellbeing
    • Personal development
    • General information

    Carers provide invaluable care and support to their loved ones, but in many cases, they also need care and support themselves. Clanrye’s Carers First programme will provide an individually assessed and tailored support plan for adult carers living in the Newry and Mourne, Armagh and Dungannon, and Craigavon and Banbridge areas. Carers can contact us directly to take part in our programme or can be referred in through GPs/ Social Care teams.

    Carers First provides a telephone support service which is available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. If you have any questions or need a listening ear, please telephone 028 3005 0200 or you can email for more information. One of our support workers working in your area will get back to you to discuss your needs.


  • CAUSE - support for those caring for someone with a mental health diagnosis

    CAUSE’s team of dedicated Carer Advocates offers one-to-one help to individuals when they are supporting a loved one’s recovery.

    CAUSE is peer-led which means it is run by carers for carers, they know from direct personal experience the issues carers can face.

    Further information:

    Therese Connolly, Carer Advocate Team Leader, (Newry & Mourne) (Craigavon & Banbridge), 028 90650650 / 07738210628,

    Arlene Wilson, Carer Advocate Team Leader, (Armagh & Dungannon, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday AM only),  028 90650650 / 07730623867,

  • Action Mental Health (AMH) Adapt - support for those caring for someone with an eating disorder

    AMH Adapt aims to promote and increase knowledge, and provide greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders in the community.  AMH Adapt has adopted a recovery approach to provide help and support to people with eating disorders, and their friends and families. It also advocates and lobbies for specialist services.

    Further information:

    Vanessa Baird

    Tel: 028 3839 2314


  • Alzheimer's Society - support for those caring for someone with dementia

    “Our dementia support service provides one-to-one support to people with dementia, carers and family members. The service is unique to your personal circumstances and needs. The dementia support service may provide you with information and practical support to help
    you understand more about dementia and support you to live well with dementia.”

    There are three Dementia Support Workers in the Southern Trust:

    Pauline Murphy Dementia Support Worker Community based 

    Gemma Hanna (Dementia Support Worker) Community based

    Carole Murray (Dementia Support Worker) Community based

  • Citizen's Advice

    Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems.

    Within the Southern Trust area there are 6 offices:

    Citizens Advice Bureau

    • Armagh: 028 3752 4041
    • Banbridge: 028 4062 2201
    • Dungannon / Mid-Ulster: 028 8676 6126
    • Craigavon: 028 3836 1181
    • Newry, Mourne & Down: 028 3026 2934
    • Portadown: 028 3835 3260
    Further information:

    Contact your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau for an appointment using the numbers above. Both the Southern Trust and Carers Trust NI have fast track referral arrangements for carers with the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux across the Trust area.

  • Action for children - support for young carers

    The Trust ensures that young carers identified are supported by referral to the Regional Young Carers Support service for carers aged 8-18 years.  This service, provided by Action for Children, offers:

    • Young carers needs assessment
    • Personal support, advice and guidance
    • Individual and group support
    • Trips and activities during school holidays
    • Help to access specialist services
    • Help to access universal services such as leisure and youth services

    We raise awareness, identify and provide direct support to children and young people who look after or help to look after someone in their family who is unwell or disabled, including children caring for parents who have mental health or substance misuse problems.

    Further information:

    Tel: 028 4062 6516