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Sitting Service Blackpool Council

Sitting Service – supporting adult carers in Blackpool.

Are you a carer?

A carer is someone who supports a relative, partner or friend who cannot manage on their own. You do not have to live with the person nor do you have to be the only person who does the caring. This service is aimed at carers who are aged 18+.

Do you need a break?

 The Sitting Service recognises that carers need time for themselves to: 

  • visit friends
  • follow an interest
  • do some shopping
  • go to the hairdressers
  • catch up on sleep or housework

The Sitting Service is a free and confidential service. We provide support to carers of older people and/or adults with a physical disability, chronic illness   

  • The service is available for up to 3 hours between 9am and 10pm. You can choose a regular day and time each week to take a break with the support of the Sitting Service. We can also help on an “as and when” basis. 

What support do we give?

Our approved volunteers spend time with people who would be at risk if left on their own. This enables their carers to have time for themselves.

As part of their role as a “sitter”, volunteers may offer friendship and the opportunity to participate in activities. Volunteers are also able to make drinks or light snacks.

How are our volunteers approved?

All volunteers are interviewed, references are taken up and they have a Disclosure and Barring Service Check. They are assessed and matched to the roles to which they are best suited.

How can I access the Sitting Service?

We offer the service to you if you have had a Carer Assessment and it has been identified that the sitting service will support you. Details of the assessment can be found in our Factsheet “guide to an adult carer assessment”.

You can request an assessment through the social worker of the person you care for or by contacting Social Services Direct.

What happens next?

Once the Carer Assessment is completed you may be referred to the Sitting Service. The service will contact you and discuss the support you need. This helps us to match you to the right volunteer.

When we have matched you with a volunteer we will arrange for you to meet. At this meeting we will confirm the arrangements you require.

What if my situation changes?

The arrangements will be reviewed regularly to make sure that they meet your requirements. However, if your circumstances change please contact us to discuss what changes are required. 

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 Last updated: 07 Jul 2020