Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service makes life easier for local carers

Carers across Warwickshire are benefitting from the Carer Wellbeing Service, which was launched last year and enables carers to access support quickly and conveniently.

Warwickshire County Council commissions a Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service that is delivered close to and within communities; ensuring the support offered is tailored to local needs, builds upon local assets, and is integrated with local health and community services.

The Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service was launched in June 2017 and is provided by Carers Trust Heart of England on behalf of WCC.

The service offers support to carers in a number of ways, including wellbeing checks- an opportunity for carers to talk through their individual situation and plan for maintaining their own wellbeing- and access to discounted services. Also on offer is training, provision of Emergency Cards, support groups, information on services and a regular e-bulletin reporting relevant news.

The service can, additionally, facilitate access to statutory and specialist support where appropriate and support young carers through the transition from children’s to adult services.

Cllr Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is extremely important for us to listen to what local carers say will benefit them, and the Carer Wellbeing Service is proving to be a valuable connection point between Warwickshire’s unpaid carers and the services that are here to support them. I hope in the next year we can encourage even more carers to join and benefit from the service.”

The Carer Wellbeing Service is available via whichever channel suits the carer, including over the telephone, in person at the carer’s home or other community venues, and through Skype/FaceTime. Carers’ clinics, support groups and carers’ corners are also up and running in a number of surgeries, hospitals and community venues across Warwickshire.

WCC is aiming to embed the service offer within all Warwickshire GP surgeries. This includes the appointment of a named, local Carer Wellbeing Worker connected to each surgery to support early identification of those undertaking caring roles and work closely with them.

If you are a carer you can contact the service by:

Telephone: 024 7610 1040 – Option 4

Email: carerssupport@carerstrusthofe.org.uk

Using the online form by clicking here – someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are a health or community service, please contact Amanda Cogley via email amandacogley@warwickshire.go.uk to find out more and link with your local Carer Wellbeing Worker.