Help and support for unpaid carers this Carers’ Rights Day

Date: 25 November 2020

Time: 16:09

Help and support for unpaid carers this Carers’ Rights Day

Are you an unpaid carer?

A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

Whether you support someone for a few hours a week, maybe doing their shopping if they are unable to leave their home, or provide round the clock care and companionship, there is help available to make sure that you look after your own health and wellbeing as well as that of the person you care for.

Carers’ Rights Day takes place on 26 November each year. It aims to raise awareness of unpaid carers in the UK, and supports them to get the help they need, as soon as possible, to manage their own health and wellbeing.

It’s important that you, as a carer, know how to access help and support to manage your own health and wellbeing.

Carers' Health Team

The SCFT Carers’ Health Team is available to support anyone with caring responsibilities who is registered with a West Sussex GP.

Their amazing work has made a real difference to the lives of carers, and this year the team was highly commended by Nice (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) for their work to support informal carers – people who provide unpaid care, usually to family or friends – in West Sussex. Find out more here.

They were also nominated by four local MPs for a Parliamentary Award, and were South East winners in the Care and Compassion category.

Comments from people who have been supported by the team include:

“She was empathetic and compassionate. She gave practical support with an email full of useful organisations, and in the email she recapped what had been said in the assessment.”

“It helped so much to talk about my husband’s condition. She was so patient in listening and it was a relief to talk to someone other than family. There were several good suggestions made and as a result my GP made contact with me.”

You can contact the team on 01243 623521 or SC-TR.carerwellbeing@nhs.net.

More information is available here.

Useful websites:

www.carersuk.org

www.carerssupport.org.uk

www.thecarerscentre.org