Crossroads Together is offering urgent free carer breaks for up to a maximum of three hours, to enable the carer to take some time out at this difficult time until services resume.
- The carer breaks do not have to be 3 hours as some individual feel this is too long so this is something that can be discussed while booking the breaks.
- They are looking at supporting individuals that are a critical stage that normally have other support from family or carer break but due to covid-19 cannot gain this support.
- They can also do these breaks ongoing and they don’t have to be a one off.
For referrals;email@example.com 0333 3231990 followed by option 1 (services) and then option 2 (Cheshire East)
Carers Choice Vote
Council urges hidden carers to register for support on Carers Rights Day
23 November 2020
Cheshire East Council is urging the many thousands of unpaid carers to register for help and support via the Cheshire East Carers Hub on Carers Rights Day.
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. It is estimated that around three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives.
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 Cheshire East Carers Hub by calling 0300 303 0208, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.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.
The call for carers to register with the Carers Hub comes on Carers Rights Day on 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.
Recent research by Carers UK shows that:
- Four in five unpaid carers (81 per cent) are currently providing more care than before lockdown;
- More than three quarters (78 per cent) of carers reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased recently;
- Most carers (64 per cent) have not been able to take any breaks at all in the last six months; and
- More than half (58 per cent) of carers have seen their physical health impacted by caring through the pandemic, while 64 per cent said their mental health has worsened.
Councillor Laura Jeuda, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “We recognise the impact that this pandemic is having on our unpaid carers, and without help and support, they can find themselves struggling and isolated with what can be very physical and emotional demands, and potentially risking their own health and wellbeing as a result.
“Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s really important that carers understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available as soon as they need it.
“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.”
Please click the link below to read the latest carers newsletter
For all the latest carers information and publications please visit the new carers website
Cheshire East Carers' Hub recognises the important role Carers undertake and we work to ensure that Carers can fulfil their caring role whilst maintaining their own health and wellbeing.
The Hub are working with other community organisations and groups in Cheshire East to provide Carers with a break from their caring role through the disbursement of Carers Choice Grants.
This booklet contains information about the projects that have been shortlisted for Carers Choice by a Carers Panel. Organisations were invited to apply for up to £8,000 per project and there is £85,000 funding to award in total. Each project has also participated in filming a short video presentation to help your choice and you can view the videos on our website www.cheshireeastcarershub.co.uk.
Your votes really do count and which of these projects receive funding really is up to you! Please read this booklet, view the videos and vote for the projects you think will benefit Carers most in Cheshire East.
To vote rate each project from 1-14, 1 being your favourite through to 14 being your least favourite. You must be registered with The Hub to vote and voting forms must be received via our freepost address no later than Friday 20th March 2020.
Cheshire East Carers' Hub
Cheshire East Carers Club
Are you aware of the Cheshire East Carers Hub? For more information about the Carers Hub and how it might be able to help you please click on the link below
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the under-65s
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.Benefits for the over-65s
Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
- Carer's Assement
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Please watch and vote for our films as both bereavement support and Carers Wellbeing support really do make a difference to Carers.
If you are a Carer registered with Cheshire East Carers Hub you should receive a booklet containing further information about the projects that have been shortlisted for Carers Choice by a Carers Panel and a voting form.
Your vote really does count! Please Vote for the two projects that will benefit Carers most in Cheshire East. All voting forms must be received via our freepost address no later than Friday 20th March 2020.
Bereavement Project: https://youtu.be/X3gIMVD7WBE?list=PLl4hl7YWDzHzcSuxZnREtnSUdEezMaAUs
Carers Wellbeing Programme: https://youtu.be/EUXL2_0zenM?list=PLl4hl7YWDzHzcSuxZnREtnSUdEezMaAUs
If you have not received a booklet but believe you are registered with the Carers Hub please get in touch to make your vote count.
Tel: 0300 303 0208
Please forward to other carers you may know that would be interested in voting for the End of Life Partnership Projects.