Carers Rights Day 25th November 2021
Carers Rights Day 25th November 2021
There are thousands of unpaid carers living in Northumberland. Carers UK estimate that carers save the UK economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer, demonstrating the vital role carers play in our community. The care provided by families just over course of the pandemic was valued at £135 billion, and this amount is still climbing!
Carers Northumberland are passionate about supporting and empowering unpaid carers across Northumberland.
This year’s Carers Rights Day campaign will focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers, affecting access to services, the ability to juggle work and care, and much more. That’s why it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of what they have the right to.
In a recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers, Carers UK found that:
- 4 in 5 unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
- 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
- Two thirds worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.
This Carers Rights Day, Carers Nortumberland want to:
- ensure carers are aware of their rights
- let carers know where to get help and support
- raise awareness of the needs of carers.
So, on Carers Rights Day, Thursday 25th November, Carers Northumberland want to equip carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need. Carers Northumberland also want carers to know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.
Debra Blakey CEO for Carers Northumberland said:
“It’s as important as ever that carers are aware of their rights. Having a caring responsibility shouldn’t mean that you no longer have choices. Carers have rights in the workplace, as well as having the right to decide what level of care they are comfortable providing without external support. Throughout the pandemic carers and the person they care for were often unable to access some of their usual services, and some are still unavailable. Carers need to be fully supported if they are they are to continue caring effectively. We want carers to know they are being listened to and that they have rights which are being respected and addressed appropriately. We are always here to champion carers when they need us, but carers need to know what their rights are so they can feel confident in their caring role.”
Carers Northumberland will be hosting a free event that carers and their supporters can attend.
Join Carers Northumberland and a variety of other service providers, as they present carers with the tools and knowledge to support them in exercising their rights as a carer in Northumberland!
Where: Community Hub, Forum Way, Cramlington, NE23 6YB (Cramlington Library)
10:30am join Carers Northumberland for our live Know Your Rights Carers Workshop – booking is essential for this event.
Call 01670 320025 or visit www.carersnorthumberland.org.uk/news-and-events/ola/services/carers-rights-day-know-your-rights-workshop
1pm-4pm they will be joined by other organisations from across Northumberland for Carers Rights Day Information Fair, this is a drop in event.
Groups that will be there on the day include:
|Northumberland Health Trainers
|Northumberland Parent Carer Forum
For more information about the event or to register with Carers Northumberland, contact our information Line on 01670 320025, by emailing email@example.com or visiting our website at www.carersnorthumberland.org.uk.