Things You Can Do as a Carer
1. Contact The Carers Centre
If you can’t find the information you need here or require extra support, then don’t hesitate to contact us. We have specialist teams of support workers who know what you’re going through and can provide guidance and emotional support to ease your caring role. We also organise a number of regular coffee mornings and activities across the city that could help you get a break from caring and allow you to meet others in similar situations – Take a look at our What’s On section to see what we have planned.
2. Tell your GP
They should hold a register of carers and may be able to help by giving you health checks, flu jabs and priority appointments.
3. Tell Social Services
Phone the Access Point on (01273) 295555. They can assess the needs of you and the person you care for and arrange appropriate support. This can include an Emergency Back Up Plan should you be unexpectedly unable to care.
4. Ask the Access Point about the Carers Card.
This will give you reduced prices on a range of health and leisure activities in the city. To find out more, call the Access Point on (01273) 295555.
5. Let people at work know
Juggling the pressures of work and caring mean that you will need your employer to support you. Increasingly employers are recognising the value of supporting carers and legislation means that employers need to consider a carer’s request for flexible working. For more information about work and caring follow this link.
6. Claim your entitlements
The benefits system can seem complex but the Carers Centre may be able to help you. Carers UK has a comprehensive section on the benefits that you may be entitled to.
We also produce a factsheet on benefits. To download this, please click this link.
7. Look after yourself
Caring can be exhausting and it is important to look after your own health and make time for yourself. The Carers Centre and other organisations run a range of groups and activities that you can take part in. Take a look at the Groups section, Activities Sheet and the What’s on calendar to see what’s going on in the city for carers.
8. Sign up for Carers Centre bulletins
Carers News is produced quarterly, with occasional e-bulletins sent out in between to keep carers up-to-date with what is happening, including groups, activities and events. Please subscribe by using the form at the top-left of page.
9. Find out the right information
Use the links on this website to get the information you need. To find out information on other services and sources of information take a look at our A-Z Directory. We also produce a number of useful factsheets to help you get in touch with the organisations that can directly help you.
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