Events for Carers

We aim to give a full range of support for our members who are carers.  Our clubs for children, adults and siblings provide a break from caring as well as an enjoyable experience for the club user.  Our Family Support Service gives vital information about services and benefits and will help with a range of issues that carers face on a daily basis.  You can access this service on the phone, at our drop-in centre and in the home, if carers prefer.  See the side menu for the range of services

We arrange various events for carers throughout the year and listen carefully to what kinds of activities you would like.  If you have any ideas or suggestions please contact the office on 0118 9662518, Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1.30pm  and let us know.  Alternatively you can send us an e-mail at or use the 'Contact Us' page on this web site.



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Share your experience of caring in 2017

Carers UK’s State of Caring survey is now open. Please share your experience of what it is like to be a carer in 2017. You can find the survey online here. 

The survey is run each year to find out what life is like for people who are caring, and what needs to change to make life better. Carers UK use the responses to provide evidence to policy makers.

Campaign priorities and some of the issues Carers UK would like to hear most about are:

  • Your mental and physical health
  • Access to breaks
  • Getting practical support
  • The quality of health and care services
  • Your experience at the point of discharge from hospital

The survey takes around 25 minutes to fill in – but the time you take gives Carers UK the evidence needed to campaign for change. Last year more than 6,000 people responded, making it the largest State of Caring Survey to date. The responses were used to show the governments across the UK how their policies really affect carers' lives and to raise awareness of carers with the public.

The more people who do the survey, the more Carers UK can use your evidence to press for change.

Last year your evidence was used to:

  • Put together a comprehensive submission to the Government’s Carers Strategy
  • Demonstrate to Government that the Care Act in England is not making the difference to carers lives that it promised and highlight the impact on carers of cuts to social care and community health support arguing for more funding for social care
  • Raise awareness of the need to reach carers’ earlier with financial and practical support and the impact of missing out
  • To highlight the difficulty carers are facing accessing health and care services in the community forcing them to use A&E departments
  • Argue for the needs of carers to be central in housing policy and tell Government carers’ key concerns about housing 
  • Campaign against changes that would have given local authorities in England responsibility for Attendance Allowance
  • Call for protections for carers in any future changes to the State Pension Age and for carers incomes in later life to be protected
  • Press for greater recognition of the support carers need to juggle work and care.

As result:

  • Extra funding for social care was included in the Budget though longer-term funding is still needed
  • Carers UK successfully campaigned to stop Attendance Allowance – the benefit for older disabled people – from changing from a national entitlement to a locally controlled benefit in England
  • A commitment was made to include carers as a specific group that should be given longer tenancies in social housing
  • The need for employers to have policies in place to support those caring is prominent in the Government’s Fuller Working Lives Strategy on supporting people to return to or remain in work later in their lives
  • The Independent State Pension Age Reviewer’s has highlighted carers as a key group that needs special protection in any future pension changes.

Find the survey online here

Carers who would struggle to fill out the survey online and would like to print out a paper copy, you can download one here and post it back to: Policy at Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX.

 
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