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Support for carers and parents

Who is a Carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, or a mental health problem cannot cope without their support.

Many carers say they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation. They may be looking after their mother/father, son/daughter, best friend or a neighbour and they just get on with it.

These are useful websites for carers:

Carers Go Free

These are some of places where carers can go free if they are supporting someone with a learning disability or physical disability.

Cinemas and the CEA Card

This is a national card scheme developed by the UK Cinema Association for UK cinemas.

The disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010 says cinema operators have to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people going to the cinema. This may mean a carer might be needed to assist them.

For more information about the scheme, including a list of participating cinemas, go to CEA Card.

The Lyceum Theatre Crewe

Complimentary carer tickets are available when bought alongside a full-price ticket for accompanying carers who are essential for your visit. Complimentary carer tickets are available via telephone or in-person. ID verification may be required.

The National Trust

The admission policy admits the carer of a disabled visitor free of charge, on request. The normal membership, or admission fee, applies to the disabled visitor.

To save having to ‘request’ a companions free entry, an 'Access for All Admit One Card' can be issued by the National Trust's Supporter Service Centre. This card is made out in the name of the disabled person, not the carer, so there is not a restriction to taking the same person on each visit. To request an Access for all Admit One Card, please either email the Supporter Service Centre or phone them on 01793 817634. They will need the name and full postal address of the disabled person.

Crewe Alexandra Football Club

There is disabled parking and access with places and positions.  Ticket pricing for a disabled supporter plus a carer is £17. There is more information on the Crewe Alexandra website

Chester Zoo

Visitors with disabilities (paying full adult/child admittance) may admit one accompanying carer free of charge. You need to take proof of entitlement such as a blue badge, or a Disability Living Allowance letter or book (issued by the DWP benefit office). The best prices are online where you can save 10% on the prices at the gates. Look at the online prices by going to the booking page and add the tickets that you want.

Sealife Manchester Trafford Centre

There is no disabled rate but if you are registered disabled you will be entitled to admit one carer free with you. Please ensure that you bring documentation with you on the day such as your blue badge, Disability Living Allowance letter, or note from a doctor or specialist. If you are booking in advance, you do not need to book a ticket for your carer. Contact details.

The Royal North College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music RNCM offers a range of facilities to people with disabilities. Please call Reception on 0161 907 5300 to reserve a disabled parking space. Wheelchair access is available, via lifts, to all performing venues and public spaces. There are disabled toilet facilities on all levels.

A lot of events are free they have a list of whats-on/events.