Carers Rights Day 2018

Carers’ Hub Supports Carers Rights Day

PeoplePlus run two Carers’ Hubs, one in Stoke and the other in Stafford. Both hubs provide bespoke services to unpaid carers who are looking after a friend or relative who could not manage without their support.

Every year Carers UK organise Carers Rights Day, this year the event fell on Friday 30th November. The aim of the day is to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. In support of this, our Carers’ Hubs organised an action packed week of events in the lead up to the day itself.

The week kicked off with the Carers Rights football game. This allowed carers to access cheaper tickets to see the Stoke City vrs Queens Park Rangers match at the Britannia stadium in a warm and comfortable space. The Carers who attended really enjoyed the experience and even got a visit from the mascot ‘Pottermus’. Stoke City FC are planning on offering further discounted tickets to carers in January 2019 for seats in their Accessibility area.

We also held a number of ‘Carers Time for Me’ groups at local community areas. The groups, which meet regularly, give carers the chance to meet other carers in the area as well as being able to have some time away from their caring role to take part in activities such as crafting, bingo and catching up over tea and cake!

Throughout the week The Carers’ Hub had a ‘Carers phone in’ where carers could call in and ask about their rights as a carer and our triage team would advise them accordingly. Our team are always on hand to answer questions and support our local carers.

The purpose of Carers Rights Day is for carers to know their rights, so over the week our Carers’ Hub communicated information on some key rights:

  • No matter the level of care provided every carer has the right to a full carer’s assessment.
  • If a carer has worked for a company for 26 weeks (6 months) they are entitled to ask for flexible working hours
  • All employees have the right to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with an emergency or unforeseen involving a dependent
  • When someone who is cared for leaves hospital, they are entitled to a discharge assessment to see whether any additional support is required.

For more information about The Carers’ Hubs, visit our dedicated website – www.thecarershub.co.uk



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