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28th November 2022

Carers Rights Day events held to support unpaid carers

Carers from across Bradford, Harrogate, Craven and Selby attended a number of drop-in events to mark Carers Rights Day on November 24.

Carers and professionals who work with carers came along to events in Shipley, Bierley, Skipton, Harrogate and Selby, to find out more about the new Carers’ Resource website.

Information on the cost of living crisis, carers’ rights, and services, was also available, along with food and plenty of friendly support from staff. .

Chris Whiley, CEO of Carers’ Resource, said: “We were delighted to see so many carers and professionals drop in to see us on Carers Rights Day.

“Our new website is a key source of help and support for carers of all ages, with a huge range of information about carers’ rights and the services available to them.

“Feedback on the website was very positive and we were also able to give advice and support on issues such as the cost of living crisis and local sources of help.

“Many carers are struggling during these difficult times and we want them to know we are here to listen and offer support.”

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, frailty, a mental health problem, or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

A carer may be any age including:

  • A young carer under 18 years of age.
  • A parent carer caring for a child with additional support needs (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • A friend or neighbour providing support to someone who is vulnerable.
  • A husband, wife or partner.
  • A person caring for an elderly parent who needs support.

Caring for someone can take up a few hours each week, or a carer may be caring for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Unpaid carers have rights including:

  • A free flu vaccine.
  • The right to be identified as a carer.
  • The right to protection from discrimination.
  • The right to receive a Carer’s Assessment.
  • The right to discuss flexible working options.
  • The right to be consulted on hospital discharge.