Be aware of your rights on Carers Rights Day

Warwickshire’s Carer Wellbeing Service is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of support and advice available to people in the county who provide regular, unpaid assistance to others.

Carers Rights Day on Friday 30 November, is a national event which brings unpaid carers, support charities and local communities together to help carers understand their rights and the help and support they have access to.

Over 59,000 people in Warwickshire – or 11% of the population – provide physical or emotional care to a friend or loved one. However, many may not be aware of the support they are entitled to access.

Support includes asking for flexible working, unpaid time off work in an emergency or receiving financial support such as Carers Allowance for carers who spend 35 hours a week caring.

The Carer Wellbeing Service, delivered by Carers Trust Heart of England on behalf of Warwickshire County Council, aims to ensure that carers are supported in every way possible so that they are able to take on their caring role while maintaining their own wellbeing.

Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Caring for a loved one can be a full-time job, something that affects your life every day. We want to ensure people stay safe, healthy, and independent for as long as possible and Carers Rights Day is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness of the support available in Warwickshire specifically for carers.”

This support can include offering a Wellbeing Check, training to help carers carry out their caring role, and providing up-to-date information about local services and how to access them.

Sonja Woodhouse, Chief Executive of Carers Trust Heart of England said: “As a carer you can feel really alone, that you’re the only one in that situation, but you are not alone.

“We are here to support and advise you and help you to meet other carers who understand how rewarding, exhausting and vital caring for someone can be.

“Carers tend to put their needs last, so we encourage Carers to also look after their own health and wellbeing.”

You can contact the Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service using the details below:

Telephone: 024 7610 1040 – Option 4

Email: carerssupport@carerstrusthofe.org.uk

Further information on support for carers in Warwickshire: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers