Emotional support

Talking about your worries and problems can be a good way of releasing some of the stress that can build up when you are a carer.

Your family, friends and the medical and social work team can all listen to your concerns. But sometimes it's best to talk to someone who knows exactly what you’re going through, because it has happened to them too. Other carers can offer kindness, sympathy, understanding and advice, and they can make you feel less isolated.

How to meet other carers

There are a variety of support groups in Oxfordshire that you can join to meet other carers. Some meet at venues, others in their own homes and some using technology such as the internet or telephone.

Carers Oxfordshire has details of the different options available to you and will be able to answer any question you may have about joining a group.

Find support groups in your area.

Talking it over with someone

Talking Space

We want to make sure that people have easy access to psychological therapies to help improve their health and wellbeing. Talking Space (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Oxfordshire) offer a range of therapies such as:

  • self help reading material
  • online cognitive behavioural therapy and other internet packages
  • telephone support to use the self-help programmes
  • group cognitive behaviour therapy
  • individual cognitive behavioural therapy
  • individual counselling

Contact details

Local contacts

Carers Oxfordshire

Relate Oxfordshire

Relationship counselling available via several centres in Oxfordshire

The Oxford Samaritans

Confidential and emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair

Alzheimer’s Society (Oxfordshire Services)

Support if someone close to you has memory problems or dementia

The Listening Centre

Counselling service for those on limited incomes

  • Website: www.thelisteningcentre.org.uk
  • Address: Leys Children’s Centre, Cuddesdon Corner, 61-63, Cuddesdon Way, Blackbird Leys, Oxford OX4 6SB  
  • Tel: 01865 794794

Oxford Women’s Counselling Centre

Counselling for women in Oxford by women counsellors

The ISIS Centre

Free counselling and psychotherapy available on the NHS for anyone over 18 and living in Oxfordshire

  • Address: Dartington House, 55 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HS
  • Tel: 01865 904552 

Archway Foundation

A befriending service for Oxford and city areas

Clean Slate

A confidential and specialist listening and support service for male and female victims of physical, sexual, emotional and mental abuse.

Oxford Cruse

Counselling for people affected by bereavement

National contacts

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Advice on a range of services to help meet the needs of anyone seeking information about counselling and psychotherapy


A social network for informal mentoring

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

A trust for carers which provides support

Please note: The organisations listed on this page are not endorsed or recommended by Oxfordshire County Council and the contact details are provided for information only.

Please feel free to contact any of the organisations on this fact sheet yourself. If required, Carers Oxfordshire can also help you further. You can contact them on 0345 050 7666, Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00, Friday 08:30-16:00