WCC joins campaign to support people who care

Warwickshire County Council is showing its support for those who care by celebrating Carers’ Rights Day 2017 on Friday 24 November, and drawing attention to the many ways Warwickshire’s carers can access the financial, emotional and physical support they deserve.

Carers’ Rights Day is an annual event aiming to make sure people who care for a friend, partner or family member are aware of their rights and able to look after themselves as well as their loved one.

Every year, more than two million people take on a new caring role, and many organisations offer excellent support, as well as local authorities. However, some people struggle to navigate the range of services and entitlements, and miss out on practical support as a result. This problem is not limited to people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of all their entitlements.

The support available for people who care ranges from financial breaks and information on your right to work flexibly, to access to short-term respite and emotional wellbeing support. For a comprehensive guide to services for carers in Warwickshire, please go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers

Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Adult Social Care said: “Caring can bring all kinds of challenges. We want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or online.

“Some people may not identify themselves as a carer because they have another job or just haven’t thought about their situation in those terms. We want all people who care to know how valuable they are, and to help them stay safe, independent and healthy while they are caring for someone else.

“For carers, their responsibility is all year round, but Carers’ Rights Day is an opportunity for WCC to raise awareness of the support on offer; and highlight to the public and professionals the important community role that carers play.”

Carers’ Rights Day is a national campaign led by charity Carers UK. Carers UK gives expert advice, information and support to unpaid carers and carer support organisations across the UK.