Carers Rights Day event - 30th November 2018
National Carers Rights Day aims to raise awareness of caring and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities and to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. Each year Carers Rights Day brings organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.
This Carers Rights Day theme is focusing on supporting people to prepare for the future.
As part of their support for Carers Rights Day, West Berkshire Council will be hosting a free drop in event for anyone who provides unpaid care to an adult at the Catholic Hall, 7 Bath Road, Thatcham RG18 3AG between 10.00am and 2.00pm
*From 10.30am, an expert in elder law from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, will be leading a presentation and discussion on the legal issues facing the elderly. The presentation will provide practical guidance to help you to avoid the pitfalls encountered around Powers of Attorney, Deputyships and Wills. An excellent chance for you to ask specific questions about the issues facing you and the individuals for whom you provide care.
*From 11.30am, a Financial Planner, will lead a presentation and discussion on ‘Preparing for care costs in the future’ followed by a Q&A session.
*Please register your interest in attending these presentations with Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub on 0118 3247333 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of other organisations will also be present providing information and advice to support people in their caring role looking after an adult: Crossroads, Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire Village Agents, Age UK and West Berkshire Council’s (WBC) Adult Social Care team supported by WBC’s Financial Assessment and Charging team who can advise on the financial assessment process only within West Berkshire Council.
For further details of this event contact Mary Blackett 01635 503306 or email email@example.com
View the listing of categories on the right of this page to find organisations that offer practical and emotional support for carers along with advice and information.
Many people do not think of themselves as carers. Recognising yourself as a carer is the very first step to getting the support you may be eligible for.
Seeing yourself as a carer is a way of acknowledging that it can be both difficult and demanding. Caring can easily become a full time responsibility.
Unlike a paid job, being a carer does not include breaks or holidays, but this doesn’t mean you need them less or are any less entitled to them.
As a carer your life may be taken over by your caring responsibilities and put a strain on relationships. It is important to share some of the care as dedicated caring (maybe for up to 24 hrs a day) causes a build up of stress and anxiety for the person doing the caring. It may be difficult to cope with your job, or other members of your family, or to see friends because you are a carer. Caring is tough work and we so easily forget about our own wellbeing.
Carers must recognise that they have needs as well as the person they care for.
Contact Adult Social Care on 01635 503050 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances. The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.