Do you look after a relative or friend who needs help because of disability, illness, addiction or age without payment? Then you are a Carer.
Over 7 million people care for a relative, friend or partner, or for a child with a disability. They care part-time or full time for people who cannot manage without their help because of disability, illness or frailty.
Every year significant numbers of Carers are forced to stop caring because of illness or injury. In many cases this can be prevented with better access to information and guidance about services or support you may be entitled to.
It is important that you also take care of yourself. Make sure your doctor and other healthcare professionals are aware of your caring responsibilities. If you are employed you may want to check with your employer about flexible working options. You can also get a benefit check to see if there is extra money you can claim. You may also be eligible for a Carers assessment from statutory agencies.
The Wirral Carers team has a range of services and resources available to support you:
Carers Helpline - The Carers Helpline is available Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm. Call 0151 670 0777 and our friendly staff will listen to your concerns and give you advice, support and information on what you may be able to do. There is an answerphone facility for when we are busy and evenings/weekends
Carers Register - Providing regular information that may help with their caring responsibilities.
Carers Grant– funding to access health and wellbeing activities to help their caring role. This is for over 18 caring for someone over 18. (subject to criteria)
Carer Connectors Support - offering advice, information and support helping to build a carer friendly community on a one to one basis.
Carers Emergency Contact Service- peace of mind for Carers in the event of an emergency.
Counselling Service - open to all adult Carers and former Carers who would like to speak confidentially about their situation.
Carers Hub – drop in service Monday to Friday 10-12pm for face to face information on Carers issues in the Wired Resource Centre which is disabled accessible.
Carers Employment Support - offering advice, information and support with employment / training opportunities.
Carers Information& Awareness Events – locally delivered events informing and offering support for those parent carers/ young carers transitioning to adult services.
Carers Website - for more information and useful links www.wirralcarers.co.uk
Facilitate and develop Carers support groups/forums - assist in the planning and development of local strategies/ services ensuring Carers are included
Click here to access the latest Welfare benefits flyer from Wired