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Carers Rights Day events, Friday 20 November 2015

November 16th, 2015

Carers Rights Day events, Friday 20 November 2015

There are over 180,000 people looking after a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one in Essex, saving the state a staggering £3.5 billion annually.  Since 2001, the value of this care has almost doubled due to a dramatic increase in the amount of unpaid care being provided by family and friends.

Even if a small percentage of these people were unable to continue caring, the economic impact would be catastrophic.  Action for Family Carers are leading a group of local charities who are working together to support unpaid family Carers in Essex to continue caring.  They are one of hundreds of groups across the UK who take part in Carers Rights Day, a national awareness day organised by Carers UK.

Carers can find out more about their rights and entitlements by attending one of the special Carers Rights Day events organised by Action for Family Carers and their Supporting Carers in Essex partner organisations on Friday 20 November.

The aim of the day is to reach out to the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for an older, seriously-ill or disabled loved one, informing them of the rights, benefits and services they are entitled to; including benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, short breaks and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role.

Information events will take place on Friday 20th November at;

  • Saffron Walden Community Hospital reception area, 9am until 1pm
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital reception area, 4pm until 7pm
  • St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping reception area, 9am until 1pm
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital Main reception, 10am until 4pm
  • Colchester Hospital outside Senses Restaurant, 10.30 am until 2pm
  • Southend Hospital next to Costa Coffee, 9.30am until 12pm

James Clarke, Chief Executive of Action for Family Carers said:

“It’s vital that we reach out to the thousands of carers in Essex and let them know about their rights and the support they could be entitled to. We can provide carers with important advice and information to make sure they know how to get the financial and practical support they need, when they need it.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“Every day, 6,000 people begin caring for a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one. But when this caring journey starts, it can be hard to get the help and advice you need. Without this support, caring can take a serious toll on a carer’s health, finances and wellbeing. No one should have to care alone and Carers Rights Day events mean they don’t have to; carers can get the essential information and advice they need and connect with other local carers.”

Carers can access support by calling Supporting Carers in Essex on 0300 7 70 80 90 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm) for information and support or visiting www.carersinessex.org.uk.