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  1. How to volunteer

    Volunteering is a rewarding way to use your spare time. There are many people, charities and organisations who could benefit from your support. First of all, decide what kind of volunteering would suit you. Think about the sort of organisation you'd like to volunteer for, the activities you'd like…
  2. Carers' assessments

    If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member, you may be eligible for support from your local council. This support could include being offered money to pay for things that make caring easier. Or the local authority might offer practical support,…
  3. Choosing a baby car seat

    You'll need to buy a baby car seat before your baby is born. It's important to buy one that fits your car and is suitable for a newborn. If you have your baby in hospital or a birth centre, you will need the car seat to…
  4. Carers' breaks and respite care

    Your carer's assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you. See Accessible day trips and activities for help planning their trip. Replacement care and respite care Replacement…
  5. Making a complaint

    There may be times when you want to make a complaint about the services you have received. Making a complaint through the right channels could result in a better outcome for you, and may help improve things for other people, too. Please don't be reluctant…
  6. Your baby's weight and height

    Steady weight gain is one of the signs that your baby is healthy and feeding well. It's normal for babies to lose some weight in the first few days after birth. Your baby will be weighed during their first two weeks to make sure they're…
  7. Funding care

    Care and support services in England have never been free. Most people have to pay something towards their own care and some will have to pay for all of the costs. Your local authority (council) may cover some or all of the cost of care…
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