PEOPLE who care for others in Tameside are being encouraged to find out about their rights and entitlements.
Over 24,000 people become carers each year in the borough and many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, often missing out on vital financial and practical support.
Tameside Carers centre held an event at Hyde Town Hall as part of the national Carers’ Rights Day to help raise awareness of the support available.
The event, supported by Tameside Council and Carers Action Group (Tameside), featured speakers from organisations including Tameside Council, MIND, Tameside Music Service, Relax and the local NHS along with information stalls.
Not all carers aware of their improved rights, which came into force in 2015 with the launch of the Care Act 2014. It’s not just people who are new to caring, even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of support available to them, which can be vital in protecting their own health.
This support includes replacement care which can give them some time off, help with lifting and bathing, special equipment and home adaptations.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “Caring for a loved one can present all kinds of challenges. We want every carer to know where they can turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or online.
“It’s vital we raise awareness of the needs of carers so we can realise our vision of a society that respects, values and supports them.”
For more information or support about carers’ rights or issues please contact the Tameside Carers Centre by calling 0161 342 3344, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.tameside.gov.uk/carers/centre.
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