Throughout November, People First looked at carers in the community. We featured articles about caring and also provided advice and support for carers.
If you are the main provider of care for someone else you are probably legally defined as a carer. Often people do not think of themselves as a carer and finding the right assistance can sometimes be overwhelming.
According to Carers UK, there are approximately 6.5 million carers across the UK and the sector employs 6% of the labour force.
There is growing demand for carers and 2015 will usher in major changes with the introduction of the Care Act.
We want to make sure you have the right information at the right time. Our Looking After Someone pages are a great place to start if you're looking for information, advice and tips on caring.
Over the month, we'll be helping carers connect with a wide range of local services and organisations.
We also want to hear about what you think. We spoke to Helen, a full time carer who lives locally.
Read Helen's story and find out what carers' rights means to her.
She spoke to us about what life is like for her and what a difference a trip to Brighton made to her life.
CARERS RIGHTS DAY - 28th NOVEMBER
Carers Rights Day took place on November 28th - there were a number of events occuring around Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham to raise awareness of the vital role which carers play.
PICK OF WHAT ELSE IS ON FOR CARERS LOCALLY
Excursions and Events with Open Age
There are a number of events taking place with local organisations across the month.
Time for Me offers support and activities for unpaid carers who are over 50. Click here for more information on some of their activities.
Carers Coffe Mornings and Evenings with Carers Network
Carers Network organise regular catch up sessions where carers for adults and children are welcome to go for a chat and cup of tea.
The next Evening Support Group will on 28th January.
Learning Disability Today Conference at Olympia
A day of seminars exhibitions, interactive zones and the chance to network and make friends.
Free to attend for people with a learning disability, unwaged carers, and natural supports (£30+VAT for waged).
Age UK Carers Support Group
Each month, a guest speaker talks to carers about the topic of their choice and answers questions that they may have.
And you can find out about other interesting activities and events by going to our Events calendar.
LOCAL SUPPORT FOR CARERS
Carers Kensington & Chelsea provide free advice and information to carers looking after someone who lives in Kensington and Chelsea.
Who is this service available to?
All unpaid carers looking after an ill or disabled relative, or friend who lives in Kensington and Chelsea.
The team provide advice and information on:
- Benefits and grants for carers and people they look after
- Community care assessments, carer's assessments and how to get support from the Council
- Carer personal budgets
- Local services available for carers (including health, support, activities, outings and counselling)
- How to get support for the person with care needs
Carers UK volunteer ambassadors recently explained what caring feels like and how we can be a movement for change.
For more information please call Carers Kensington & Chelsea on 0800 032 1089 (freephone from landlines) or email email@example.com
Carers Network aims are to ensure that unpaid carers in the areas of Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham are recognised, supported and valued.
They achieve this by offering carers small grants across Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster, undertaking care assessments and supporting older carers with day to day and leisurely programmes.
Carers Network's new End of Life Project supports carers who are over 65 and caring for someone at the end of their life. Find out more about the scheme here.
The team run two separate offices each with their own helpline number:
- Westminster 020 89603033
- Hammersmith 020 73869417
For further information, you can also send them an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Full of Life is a charity that supports and provides services to parent carers and their disabled children/adults living in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The team offer a range of services including:
- Bi-monthly parent forums and training
- Family support service for disabled children and their families
- Carers' advocacy service for parent carers of adults with learning disabilities.
- Independent Advice and Support Service providing independent Special Educational Needs advice
- The Full of Life Centre for Young People with Complex Needs, running 6 days a week with a focus on communication, personal development, new experiences and learning new skills.
For more information, please contact the team on 020 8962 9994 or send an email to email@example.com
Time for Me : Westminster and North Kensington / South Kensington and Chelsea
The Westminster & North Kensington hubs offer distinctive leisure
and support programmes. Events and workshops occur at both the Second Half Centre at the St Charles' Centre for Health & Wellbeing.
For more information, contact the team on 020 8962 4141.
Time for Me offers unpaid carers over the age of 50 free or low cost leisurely activities. Activities for the South Kensington & Chelsea branch (which is based at New Horizons) range from regular social clubs to training programmes and support groups.
New Horizons is a consortium of Open Age, Age UK Kensington & Chelsea The Guinness Trust.
Residents are encouraged to bring their carers with them - carers will be admitted free of charge to all activities.
For more information on their range of services and programmes, call Judy Graham on 020 7590 8970, or send an email to Judy - firstname.lastname@example.org .
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses. They provide information, practical advice and emotional support for people living in Westminster or Kensington and Chelsea who care for a relative or friend who has dementia.
Amongst their range of services, the team provides:
- Psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings
- Support for families at particular points of difficulty in the dementia journey, including diagnosis as well as when the condition advances
- They provide advice on referrals to other appropriate services and liaise with other healthcare professionals on behalf of the family
For more information please contact them on 020 3219 0911 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
And you can go to our page on Carers' advice and support organisations for details of various organisations which offer support to carers all year round.