Are you a carer, and do you know your rights?
If you are a carer but you don’t know what support you’re entitled to, then Carers Rights Day on Friday 25 November is your opportunity to find out. The theme this year is ‘Missing out? Know your rights as a carer’. Carers Rights Day is a national initiative to encourage carers in their local community to become more aware of the help and support they are entitled to.
To mark the day locally, Plymouth Guild’s Carers Hub, which works in partnership with Age UK Plymouth and currently supports more than 6,000 carers, are hosting a tea, coffee and cake event at Plymouth’s Copthorne Hotel on Friday 25 November from 11am to 2pm. This event is for carers and their families to attend and they will be able to access free legal, advocacy, mental health and benefits advice. For those looking for a quick break from their caring role, ‘taster’ therapy sessions will be available and Christmas gifts will be on sale throughout the afternoon. Visitors will also leafve with a ‘goodie bag’ courtesy of Wolferstans Solicitors.
Lee Sewrey, Plymouth Guild Carers Hub’s Manager, said: “Every day another 6,000 people across the UK take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year. Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer. This Carers Rights Day event brings together a diverse group of organisations to give carers invaluable information about how to maximise their income and stay well whilst caring. This year we have 20 different information stands, including Advice Plymouth, Livewell Southwest, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth Advocacy and Plymouth Energy Community.”
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “This will be a great event and I would like to encourage local carers to attend – it is important that people know that they are not alone, that there is help available.
“Carers Rights Day is a great opportunity for us to not only raise the profile of caring but to help members of the public identify themselves as carers and access the support, advice and information available to them. Many people do not even identify themselves as a carer and just see it as part of their everyday role.
“I would also like to encourage people to use the Plymouth City Council website to register as carers – go to our website for more information.”
If you would like more information about this event or the services and support available to carers in Plymouth please either come to the event on 25 November and talk to the Carers Hub team, or alternatively you can contact the Carers Hub on 01752 201890 or email chp@plymouth guild.org.uk
You can register as a carer on the Plymouth City Council website here: http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/adultcareandhealth/caringotherpeople/helpandsupportcarers