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Know your rights as a carer

by Cathy Sheel

Find out more about your rights as an unpaid carer and the practical support available this Carers Rights Day, 25 November.

Many people are taking on caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers, affecting access to services, the ability to juggle work and care and much more. That’s why it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of their rights.

Each year, Carers Rights Day helps to ensure carers are aware of their rights and know where to get help and support, as well as raising awareness of the needs of carers.

Knowsley Carers Centre offers a range of services to support unpaid carers who live in Knowsley or care for a Knowsley resident. These include:

  • information and advice, including how to access a Carers Assessment
  • benefits advice
  • carers ID and emergency cards
  • training activities, social group and breaks
  • counselling

The centre will be holding a Carers Rights Forum on Thursday 25 November from 1pm – 2.30 pm, at its main office at 149 Bewley Drive, Kirkby. The forum is open to new and current carers and will answer questions concerning employment rights, carers assessments, eligibility to benefits and many more carers’ issues.  It will also highlight how carers can get involved to change the lives of carers across the borough for the better.

Those interested in attending can ring the centre on 0151 549 1412 or email enquiries@knowsleycarers.co.uk Read the latest Knowsley Carers Centre Newsletter.

The Council also provides support to carers to maintain a good quality of life. To discuss how you can be supported, contact the team on 0151 443 2600.

Knowsley Council’s All Age Carers Strategy, launched last year, focuses on ensuring all carers are recognised and valued and that they receive supportive services, enabling them to have a quality of life similar to those without caring responsibilities.

For more information about Carers Rights Day visit the Carers UK website.