Support available for Doncaster carers

Community event.
Community event.

Practical support is being made available to help Doncaster’s carers continue to provide essential support to their loved ones.

Carers Rights Day brings organisations across the UK together to help carers know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

This year’s theme is Looking after someone? Know your rights. The focus is on making carers aware of the services and entitlements available to them, letting carers know where to get help and support and raising awareness of the needs of carers.

Doncaster Council in partnership with the CarersForum and Doncaster CCG has organised an event to support Carers Rights Day.

The event on Friday 28 November, 10.45am – 2.30pm, will be held in the Conference Room of The Trades and Labour Club within the Frenchgate Centre.

It will feature performances, presentations, information and fun interactive activities. Free holistic therapies and light refreshments will be available.

The carers’ emergency contact scheme is just one example of practical support available to help Doncaster’s carers continue to provide essential support to their loved ones. The scheme offers carers peace of mind that temporary care arrangements will be put in place if they are unable to provide care in an emergency.

When signing up to the scheme, carers are given the option to nominate suitable replacement care providers who the council can contact on their behalf in the event of an emergency. They will also be contacted by Housing 21, who provide emergency respite care on behalf of the council when nominated carers are not available, to agree a contingency care plan based upon the care requirements of their loved one.

Once registered, carers will be issued with a credit card sized card to carry with them at all times. The card advises anyone assisting the carer following an emergency how to contact the council to activate alternative care arrangements.

Councillor Christine Mills said: “We know we have tens of thousands of carers in Doncaster providing essential support to their loved ones and we want to ensure they can get the help they need to continue.

“Often carers simply don’t realise that they are doing anything out of the ordinary and so don’t ask for the support that is available to help them.”

Anyone who thinks that they might be a carer should attend the event, call 01302 737391 or visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/carers for more information about the support which may be available to them.