MONEY matters is the theme of this year’s National Carers Rights Day which is being backed by Derbyshire County Council.
Events and information displays have been organised to mark the national awareness day on Friday December 2 and help to ensure people are aware of the support and benefits that are available.
The county council is also launching its new free Carers Directory, which brings details of all local services available for carers together in one guide.
It is estimated there are around 90,000 carers across Derbyshire and National Carers Rights Day is used by the county council, health bodies and Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) to highlight the services that are available to support them and encourage them to come forward for help, advice and support.
This includes encouraging people to tell their GPs if they are a carer so this can be taken in to consideration when they visit.
The county council also uses the national day to highlight the benefits of carrying its Carers Emergency Card and encouraging people to have a carer’s assessment if they haven’t yet had one.
People who care for someone for at least 14 hours a week or who care for someone for less time but on a regular basis can request an assessment to see if they are entitled to extra support.
Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “Thousands of people across Derbyshire provide vital care and support for elderly or ill relatives, partners and friends but many don’t even recognise themselves as carers.
“Carers Rights Day gives us a good opportunity to highlight the services available for carers and to let them know there is help out there.
“This can be practical support like respite care or a sitting service to benefits checks to make sure they are getting all they are entitled to.”
Events organised for National Carers Rights Day and Derbyshire Carers Association’s Carers Rights Week are:
* 1 December – information stand – Co-op supermarket, Glossop
* 2 December – carers church and carol celebration, Tideswell Church (11am)
* All week – hospital roadshows at some community hospitals across the county and information boards at some libraries and GP practices.
To apply for a Carers Emergency Card online visit the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/carerscard.
For more information about carers assessments contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 and for more information about welfare and benefits checks call the county council’s welfare benefits information and advice team on 0845 120 2985 or email email@example.com
More information on the events or the Carers Directory, are available from DCA by phoning 01773 743355.