Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. This year Carers Rights Day is taking place on Friday 25 November 2016. The theme this year is Missing out? Know your rights as a carer
Each year Carers UK holds Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.
Making carers aware of their rights. Every year, more than 2 million people take on a new caring role. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support as a result. And it’s not just people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of all their entitlements.
Letting carers know where to get help and support. Caring can bring all kinds of challenges. We want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or online.
Raising awareness of the needs of carers. Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals, helping us realise our vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers, you can find out more about the national campaign on the CarersUK website here, or find out more about some of your rights as a carer on our website here.
Every year Care for the Carers helps to promote Carers Rights Day across East Sussex. See below to find out what we are doing for Carers Rights Day this year.
Care for the Carers have worked closely with their partners to organise some events that will offer opportunities for carers to learn about their rights from professionals and meet other carers
Coffee mornings will be held at three Day Centres across the county where there will be an opportunity for carers to talk to the staff teams, speak with range of professionals about their rights and enjoy a cuppa and a piece of cake with other carers. All coffee mornings will be held between 10 am and 12 noon.
- Charter Centre Bexhill 36 London Road, Bexhill, TN39 3JU. 23rd November
- Isabel Blackman Centre Hastings Winding Street, Hastings, TN34 3AT. 25th November
- Phoenix Centre Lewes 26 Malling Street, Lewes, BN7 2RD. 29th November
All are being supported by a number of organisations including Care for the Carers, Southdown Ambitions, Parkinson UK, Association of Carers, the Welfare Benefit Project (HARC), Sussex Community Development Association and Health Trainer’s
- Headway are also holding a Carers Forum coffee morning on 1st December at Headway House, Jackies Lane,Newick BN8 4QX.
All Carers are welcome
On Carer Rights Day itself, 25th November 2016, there will be an information stand at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne.
It will be there all day with members of staff from Care for the Carers, HARC, Southdown Ambitions, Association of Carers, Age UK, Sussex Community development Association and more. This be an opportunity to find out your rights and be signpost to organisations that can support unpaid carers in a wide range of ways.
For more information about Carers Rights Day contact Care for the Carers on 01323 738390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org