Carers Information

For the most up to date Carer Information for Carers living in the Western Trust Area, please visit:


Who is a Carer?

A carer is someone who regularly provides a substantial amount of care to a family member, friend or neighbour who is ill, disabled or is an older person.

A carer could be:

  • A young person under 18 looking after a parent/brother/sister.
  • Looking after a relative with a disability.
  • The parent of a child with special needs.
  • A friend or relative looking after an older person.


To join the Western Trust Carers Register, please contact:

Cathy Magowan
Carer Support Co-ordinator
2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen
Co. Fermanagh BT74 7HG
T: (028) 6634 4163 M: 07525 898985


Geraldine McLaughlin
Carers Development Worker
Roseabbey Office
Abbey Street, L'derry


Internal Ext 221774

Tel: 028 7135 5023 or 078 1015 6551


Where to go for Help, Advice and Information?

For help and advice about benefits:

  • Omagh Independent Advice Service
    Tel: (028) 8224 3252
  • Dove House Resource Centre, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7126 9327
  • The Resource Centre, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7135 2832
  • Churches Advice Centre, Spencer Rd, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7134 2536
  • Rosemount Community Resource Centre, Londonderry
    Tel: (028) 7128 2829
  • Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI)
    Tel: (028) 7776 5438
  • Citizens Advice Bureau:
    (Fermanagh) Tel: (028) 6632 4334
    (Londonderry) Tel: (028) 7136 2444
    (Strabane) Tel: (028) 7138 2665
  • Carers NI also provide advice and support via a helpline Tel: (028) 9043 9843


Benefits Information

The criteria for Carers Allowance is that carers have to be caring for more than 35 hrs/week. Carers who care for more than 20 hrs in the week are entitled to claim Carers Credit, which means they will have credits allocated towards their pension. Carers who fall into the category of caring between 20 -34 hrs per week can claim Carers Credits by completing an application which can be accessed on the NI Direct website by clicking here or contact Carers Allowance Branch, Belfast Tel: (028) 9090 6186 and they will post a form out.


For more Information and Advice contact:

Cathy Magowan
Carer Support Co-ordinator
2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen
Co. Fermanagh BT74 7HG
T: 028 6634 4163

Or view our Carers Support Team Contacts


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028 6634 4163
2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen, Fermanagh BT74 7HG