Vale of Glamorgan Council host information stand for Carers’ Rights Day
Wednesday November 23 2016
The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be hosting a special information stand on Friday 25 November between 10am-2.30pm in the Reception area of Barry Hospital to mark Carers’ Rights Day.
Carers’ Rights Day is an annual national awareness campaign organised by the charity Carers UK, which aims to reach as many of the 6.5 million carers in the UK as possible with information about their rights and the financial and practical help they are entitled to.
That includes benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, respite and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role.
James Livingstone, Carers’ Development Officer for the Vale Council, said: “Mary contacted us as she didn’t think it would be possible to keep her Mother at home due to her dementia.
“However, through her enquiry she is receiving a combination of support from various organisations and groups and now feels keeping her mother safely in her own home is possible.
“Mary recognised that as the illness progressed this would become increasingly difficult but felt much more positive about being able to help her mother remain independent, at least for the immediate future.
“This Carers’ Rights Day, we hope many Carers will pop along to get general information on sources of information and support, and advice about manual handling queries.
“Carers are able to access information, advice and assistance from the local authority and are entitled to request an assessment of their needs.”
Both the Vale’s Carers’ Development Officer (between 10am-2.30pm) and Manual Handling Coordinator (between 10.30am-12pm) will hold drop-in sessions to provide information which could make a big difference to carers.
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “More people than ever are providing unpaid care to family members and friends. No matter where you are on your caring journey – whether you’re starting to care for a loved one, have been caring for a while, or your caring role has come to an end – it is vital that you are able to get the help and advice you need, when you need it. Without this support, caring can take a serious toll on your health, finances and ability to have a life outside of caring.
“No one should have to care alone and Carers’ Rights Day events like the one being run by The Vale Council mean that Carers don’t have to.”
Carers UK publish a free looking after someone guide which gives carers the full picture of the practical and financial support available to them. The new 2017 guide can be downloaded from www.Carersuk.org/Carers-rights-guide or you can order your copy by contacting Carers UK on 0808808 7777 or advice@Carersuk.org