Council urges hidden carers to register for support on Carers Rights DayNovember 25, 2020
It is estimated that Cheshire East has more than 40,000 hidden carers, who are people from all walks of life, young and old who provide support to family or friends, who couldn’t manage without this help.
Many feel that they’re doing what anyone would do in the same situation in caring for a mother, father, wife, husband, son, daughter or best friend.
Cheshire East Council is urging unpaid carers to register for help and support via the Cheshire East Carers Hub on Carers Rights Day, Thursday 26 November – a day that aims to ensure that carers are aware of their rights, lets them know where to get help and supports and raises awareness of their needs.
The Cheshire East Carers Hub provides information, advice and a wide range of specialist support services, designed to help adult and young carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and reduce the impact the caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing.
Anyone who thinks they are a carer is urged to register with the Carers Hub by calling 0300 303 0208, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting cheshireeastcarershub.co.uk. Help is on hand which includes a 24/7 carers helpline, support to access funds and grants, access to counselling and help with health and wellbeing activities.
Laura Jeuda, (cabinet member for adult social care and health), said: “I ask anyone who thinks they are a carer to take those first steps to getting the support you are entitled to. Please get in touch and register with our Carers Hub, giving you access to a wealth of services and support including a caring voice at the end of a phone who really understands.”
Alec, a carer from Middlewich, said: “It took me a while to make that first step and register with the Carers Hub, and I’m so glad I did. Through the hub, I talk to other carers where we chat about things ranging from dementia to cake-making! It really does help me when I talk to other people who know what you are going through and pick up lots of hints and tips.
“You can be involved with the hub as much or as little as you want, it’s up to you really but it’s so reassuring that they are at hand if you need it. For example, on Carers Rights Day we are receiving free advice from a solicitor on powers of attorney.
“It’s so important that people like me, who spend time caring for someone they love, look after themselves, which is where the Carers Hub comes in. I would encourage anyone to give it a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. They really do care and go the extra mile and I appreciate it.”
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