Our Caring Community section offers links to many organisations that offer local support to carers and their families.
Explore the Support Near You database to find your local carer support networks, whanau accommodation if you have to stay away from home while someone is in hospital, and community transport and shuttle services for getting to and from medical appointments.
We are also on the hunt for affordable, accessible retreats for carers and those they support. Do a search for these in the region of our map that you would like to visit. We're adding to this feature of Support Near You regularly, as we find new retreats. If you know of an inexpensive, lovely place others might enjoy, do tell us about it ... Centre@carers.net.nz, or (0800) 777 797(0800) 777 797.
Publicly funded help so you can have breaks is available through a Needs Assessment; if you are a carer, it's important for you to know about this service. Visit our Help and advice section and download a copy of A Guide for Carers which tells you more about Needs Assessment and other helpful services available to families.