Respite care in Northern Ireland - other resources

Useful organisations and more information about respite care for carers and people with dementia.

Useful organisations

Age NI 

0808 808 7575 (advice line, 9am–5pm Monday–Friday) 
[email protected]

Age NI provides information and advice for older people in Northern Ireland. 

Carers Northern Ireland 

0808 808 7777 (helpline, 9am–6pm Monday–Friday) 
[email protected] 

Carers Northern Ireland gives information, advice and support about caring. 

Carers Trust 

0300 772 9600 
[email protected] 

Carers Trust can help with advice on personal wellbeing, benefits and support, and can signpost for assistance with finance. (Only available to carers of people living in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area.) 

Citizens Advice 

Citizens Advice can provide information and advice about legal and financial issues, including benefits. It can also suggest ways to get more legal and financial advice. See website for local contact details.

Law Centre NI 

028 9024 4401 
[email protected] 

Law Centre NI offers free legal advice and support on social security, health and social care and employment. 

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) 

028 9536 1111 
[email protected] 

The RQIA is the independent body responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. 

Shared Lives Plus 

0151 227 3499 
[email protected] 

Shared Lives Plus is a network that links voluntary carers with people needing care across the UK. 


Turn2us is a charity that provides information and support about accessing welfare benefits, grants and other financial help.

Review details

Last reviewed: August 2020 
Next review due: August 2023 

Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia. 

Reviewed by: Catherine Harper, Community Care Legal Officer, Law Centre NI; Michael Graham, Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors and member of Solicitors for the Elderly 

This factsheet has also been reviewed by people affected by dementia. 

To give feedback on this factsheet, or for a list of sources, please contact [email protected]