Carers are being encouraged to find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to, as the council joins voluntary, health and social care organisations to mark Carers’ Rights Day on Friday 30 November.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help, as they grow older.
If you are a carer who thinks you need support, contact the Carers Centre on 020 7790 1765 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org . The centre, at 21 Brayford Square, Stepney, E1 0SG, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30-5pm, as well as Wednesday – 9.30-8pm and Saturday – 11am-3pm.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We recognise the valuable role of carers across the borough. It is important that carers do not overlook their own needs, health and wellbeing. This Carers’ Rights Day, we are encouraging all carers to find out about and make use of the wide variety of resources and support that the council and its partners are offering.”
Caring is a fluid role and the number of carers in the borough can fluctuate.
With the accelerated population growth in Tower Hamlets, there could be as many as 25,200 carers in the borough, including 3,800 under the age of 24.
Thousands more people become carers but often it’s not something they’ve planned for. Carers often struggle to find the right information and support that can make all the difference when looking after someone.
This Carers’ Rights Day, the council and Carers Centre are urging unpaid carers to have their own needs assessed and improve their personal wellbeing by tapping into the wealth of support, information and advice that is available.
The range of support available for carers includes:
- Help with benefits and support to maximise income
- Practical support such as outings, complimentary therapies, yoga, relaxation and an IT lounge
- Support with a social care carers needs assessment
- Bereavement counselling
- Overnight retreats
- Training and courses to help carers confidently care
- Information, advice and advocacy.
The Carers Centre works on behalf of the council to promote carers’ issues; campaign for better rights and recognition for carers; and identify new carers.
All services provided through the Carers Centre are free of charge. Some of these services are available to all carers, while others are targeted at specific groups.
Neil Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of the Carers’ Centre in Tower Hamlets added: “This year, the theme for Carers' Rights Day is ‘Caring for Your Future’. We know how carers often feel that they do not have a future because they are so busy managing their caring roles. As a result, many carers tend to overlook their own needs and we are encouraging all carers to make use of support and resources to prepare for their futures.”
Many carers can manage without help. Others may need support in their caring role. A carer’s needs assessment will help carers think about what they need help with and how your needs can be met. The Carers Centre will help you complete an assessment.