Carers Encouraged to Make the Most of their Rights at Free Event

CARERS in Reading will be able to learn more about their rights and access vital support at an event to mark National Carers Rights Day on Friday 24 November.

In Reading alone, it is estimated that over 12,000 people provide some form of unpaid care for a friend, relative, or neighbour, who cannot cope without their support. The annual free event aims to bring organisations across Reading together to help carers know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

The event, which is hosted by Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub with the support of Reading Council, local voluntary care sector providers, carers, and charities, runs from 10am to 12.30pm at Church of Jesus Christ, 280 The Meadway, Reading, RG30 4BE.

Talks will focus on future care, power of attorney and changes in benefits starting from 10.15am. Light refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

Cllr Rachel Eden, Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“Carers play a pivotal role in our communities. Some people may not see themselves as carers or know that they have specific rights and that they are entitled to additional social care support.

“In a time where we are seeing a rise in the cost of living and significant changes to benefits, carer’s need support more than ever. This event is an important opportunity for carers to learn more about their rights and support they are entitled to.

“I would encourage people from all over Reading’s vast carer’s community to come along to this event and find out more.”

There is no need to book but if people have any queries about this event, or help to arrange alternative care, please call Berkshire Carers Hub on 0118 324 7333 or email ask@berkshirecarershub.org

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Notes to Editors

Photo opportunity: There will be a photo opportunity at the start of the event with Cllr Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care alongside staff from Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub. The media are welcome to attend at 10am in the Church of Jesus Christ, 280 The Meadway, Reading, RG30 4BE.

Photos will be available on request after the event.

A free guide to Carers Rights – including financial and workplace advice and where to go for practical help – is available online at http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-resources/carers-rights-guide

More information on the event is available on Reading Services Guide: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/site.page?id=o2Tt-Cic4X4

There is more information about the support on offer to carer’s at: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/adult.page?adultchannel=5

 

Victoria Nickless

For media enquiries about this release email victoria.nickless@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 3957