Are you a carer?
Do you look after a relative or friend who needs help because of disability, illness, addiction or age without payment? Then you are a carer!
Over 7.2 million people care for a relative, friend or partner, or for a child with a disability. They care part-time or full time for people who cannot manage without their help because of disability, illness or frailty.
The Care Act has now come into force and this will affect carers. Find out more by downloading the Care Act Key Points document on the right hand side of this page.
Every year significant numbers of Carers are forced to stop caring because of illness or injury. In many cases this can be prevented with better access to information and guidance about services or support you may be entitled to.
It is important that you also take care of yourself. Make sure your doctor and other healthcare professionals are aware of your caring responsibilities. If you are employed you may want to check with your employer about flexible working options. You can also get a benefit check from a suitable advice provider to see if there is extra money you can claim. You may also be eligible for a Carers assessment from Social Services and see if they can help you.
Wired has a range of services for carers in 3 regions:
- Wirral – Helpline, newsletter, advocacy, counselling, carers register,
emergency card and carers short breaks.
Tel: Carers Helpline 0151 670 0777 (staffed Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm).
- Oldham – Carers register, magazine, individual budgets, advocacy, carers
assessments, counselling, emergency card, Drop-ins and activities.
Tel: 0161 770 1188 (press option 1 for the Carers Centre).
- Warrington Adult Carers – Information and support, drop-ins,
newsletter, emergency card, leisure card, counselling and support.
Tel 01925 633 492 or Freephone 0800 731 6941
- Warrington Young Carers - Not everyone who is a carer is an adult, some children and young people aged under 19 look after relatives. Young carers might do shopping, help with washing or dressing, or undertake housework. They spend time looking after a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a brother or sister.
Young Carers often may not think of themselves as carers and are not recognised as such by other people like friends, teachers, doctors, and other family members. Young Carers can be boys or girls and can come from any ethnic background or culture.
In Warrington Wired has services specifically for young carers including support, leisure pass, newsletter, activities, emergency card and advocacy. If you are a young carers why not call the team on 01925 633 492 or Freephone 0800 731 6941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on these services please click the relevant link on the right of this page.
The newsletters contain
the latest information affecting carers. You can download the latest copies
from this site.