This Carers Rights Day focuses on supporting people for the future, including those who currently care for someone or those who will become a carer in their future.
Carers UK suggest that every day 6000 people become carers, and often it's unexpected so having access to the right information at the right time can make a huge impact on a caring journey.
The aim of Carers Rights Day is to help carers to be more aware of their rights in their caring role, employment etc and to let carers know where to get help and support that they need.
Carers Rights Day also helps to raise awareness of the needs of carers in the UK.
Carers UK offer a range of resources to help carers to find out about their rights, such as;
- Upfront- a simple tool for carers who are new to the maze of benefits and entitlements.
- Being Heard – a self-advocacy guide for carers - to help carers get their voice heard and communicate their concerns in a way that gives them the best chance of getting a positive outcome.
- About Me - E-Learning - online course aims to help you identify and find resources, technology and sources of support to prevent your caring responsibility from becoming overwhelming. In partnership with Carers UK, Bedford Borough Council has purchased the “About me” online package to give free access to unpaid carers in Bedfordshire.
- Rights in Work - Factsheet for if you are juggling work with looking after someone. Juggling work and care can be very challenging, so it’s important to find out about your rights
NHS England offers a "Practical Guide to Healthy Caring"
The advice in this booklet will help those who look after a friend or family member or have any form of caring responsibilities, but it is written to be particularly relevant for those who are about 65 years or older and are new to caring.
Did you know?
Research undertaken by Carers UK indicates that over 2 million people become carers every year and 3 in 5 people will become a carer at some point in their lives.
In the 2011 census findings 18,247 (7.2%) residents in Central Bedfordshire indicated that they provided between 1 to 19 hours a week of unpaid care. A further 2,702 (1.1%) of residents indicated that they provided 20 to 49 hours of unpaid care a week and 4,886 (1.9%) residents indicated that they provided 50 hours or more unpaid care a week.
The 2011 Census reported there were 16,084 unpaid carers in Bedford Borough, about 10% of the household population, very similar to the average for England.
This represents an increase between 2001 and 2011 of 11%; it was concentrated among those providing 20-49 and 50+ hours of care a week, with a much smaller increase in those providing 0-19 hours.
Allowing for population growth and ageing of the population since 2011, it is estimated that there are 17,100 carers in the Borough in 2015 and that by 2020 this will rise to 17,906