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We offer a range of services which empower people with disabilities and long term illnesses and those that care for them to lead independent and happy lives.

We do this through supporting those in receipt of a Direct Payment or Personal Health Budgets helping people take control of their personal care – and delivering the national Access to Work programme – conducting holistic needs assessments throughout the UK supporting people with disabilities to remain in work. We also support children and adult carers through our carers hub in Stoke & Staffordshire and adult carers Gloucestershire offering personalised information, advice and guidance.

We want to work collaboratively with Local Authorities and Central Government to help shape services putting those with lived experience at the heart of our services which we do locally within our own provision as coproduction is an important element of service delivery. We want to provide an excellent platform to promote future joint working opportunities, highlight the positive work which takes place across all our regions and strengthen those existing relationships already in place with key specialist intervention partners and community organisations that provide great services in their community.

Our Carers Services

We are extremely passionate about supporting carers and the carers services we provide in Stoke and Staffordshire and Gloucestershire.

Looking after someone, then who is looking after you?

The Care Act 2014, for the first time, now places a duty on local authorities to meet a carers’ need for support which reach a set threshold, strengthening the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system, carers are a pivotal part of this. Local authorities must establish and maintain a service for providing people in its area with information and advice relating to care and support for adults and support for carers.

This replaces the previous law, which said that the carer must be providing “a substantial amount of care on a regular basis” in order to qualify for an assessment.

Also Children and Families Act 2014, now for the first time, young carers now have rights as part of this new Act.  Councils must take reasonable steps to identify young carers in their area who have support needs.

Click here to find out more about our Stoke and Staffordshire Carers’ Hub, and here for our Gloucestershire Carers’ Hub

Fred is one of our Carers’ Hub Service Users – This is his story

It was a pleasure and joy to be involved in such a successful health event which I feel was very effective in enabling service users to gain information and raise awareness of the local services and support available for them. It was very well organised and run – so very well done!

Rafeed Rashid
NHS Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor

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