Warwickshire County Council is using Carers’ Right’s Day (21 November) to highlight some of the services to help people who provide unpaid care to friends and family.
Figures show that around 60,000 Warwickshire residents are currently providing regular care for another person, but the actual figure is believed to be much higher as many people don’t recognise the important role they fulfill. It is thought that these hidden carers may well bring the true number of those who have a caring responsibility to over 108,000, according to GP figures. Therefore, it is important to make sure these people know about the wide range of support on offer.
By definition, a carer is anyone who regularly provides unpaid help to someone who could not cope without them. It is often assumed that carers are adults looking after older people, but this group includes many young carers aged 8 and up looking after their family members and parents of children and adults with additional needs.
Nigel Minns, Strategic Director at Warwickshire County Council said: “I cannot give enough praise for the amazing carers that we have throughout Warwickshire. Working tirelessly to help provide a better life for others is the most courageous act of community that there is. The work they do relieves pressure on social care services, supports community cohesion and helps combats loneliness and isolation but we must give them recognition for this and work together to ensure they get the support they need to stay physically and mentally well. Carers Rights Day is the perfect opportunity for us to raise awareness of what is available to help them to care.”
“I would urge anyone who finds themselves with a caring responsibility to visit the website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers and find the necessary help available.”
Young carers are supported in Warwickshire by Warwickshire Young Carers who help to improve the lives of Young Carers across Warwickshire by offering free and confidential support. Visit the website at: www.warwickshireyoungcarers.org.uk Support for Parent Carers is available via https://www.warwickshireparentcarerforum.co.uk/
Part of the support on offer is through the Carers Wellbeing Service, commissioned by the council from the Carers Trust the service offers carers free emergency or planned breaks for a period of respite. Carers are encouraged to register with this service via the website www.carerstrusthoefe.org.uk/warwickshire-carer-wellbeing-service