Over 32,000 people in Coventry consider themselves carers, however many may not be aware of the support, advice and benefits they are entitled to.
Coventry City Council and Carers’ Trust Heart of England, a charity who provide support and advice to registered carers in Coventry and Warwickshire, are partnering to raise awareness of Carers Rights Day this Friday (30 November).
Carers Rights Day is a national campaign which brings unpaid carers, support charities and local communities together, to help carers understand their rights and the help and support they have access to.
These rights can include asking for flexible working or unpaid time off work in an emergency, or receiving financial support such as Carers Allowance for carers who spend 35 hours a week caring.
Cllr Faye Abbott, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said:
“Caring for a loved one or friend can be both immensely rewarding and challenging, and we want people to know that there is help and support out there for you if you are a carer, and that you don’t have to do it on your own.
“We want everyone to be aware of their rights so that they can access the support and benefits needed to look after themselves and those that they are caring for – that’s why Carers Rights Day is so important.”
Sonja Woodhouse, Chief Executive of Carers Trust Heart of England said:
“As a carer you can feel really alone, that you’re the only one in that position, but you are not alone.
“We are here to support and advise you and help you to meet other carers who understand how rewarding, exhausting and vital caring for someone is.
“Carers tend to put their needs last, so we encourage them to look after their own health and wellbeing.”
Pete Fahy, Coventry City Council’s Director of Adult Social Care, said:
“Not only do carers provide ongoing care for a loved one, carers make ongoing sacrifices to make sure they can care, giving up time, work and sometimes valued relationships.
“At Coventry City Council we are dedicated to supporting carers well, we work closely with the Carers Trust Heart of England to achieve this. We are supporting Carers Rights Day because many carers do not know what their rights are, where to seek out support or even sometimes that they are a carer. Carers Rights Day is about recognising the important role carers play and how valued they are in Coventry”.
Coventry Carer Wellbeing Service is free and confidential and aims to ensure that carers are supported in every way possible so that they are able to take on their caring role while maintaining their own wellbeing.
This support can include offering a Carer's Assessment, identifying training to help carers in their caring role and providing up-to-date information about local services and how to access them.
You can contact the Coventry Carer Wellbeing Service by calling 024 7610 1040 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org