Each year Carers Rights Day aims to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community find out about their rights and how to get the help and support they are entitled to.
About Carers Rights Day
Carers Rights Day is about making carers aware of their rights, letting carers know where to get help and support and about raising awareness. There are lots of things you can do to support Carers Rights Day either as an individual or as an organisation.
Making carers aware of their rights.
Every year, more than 2 million people take on a new caring role. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support as a result. And it’s not just people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of all their entitlements.
Letting carers know where to get help and support.
Caring can bring all kinds of challenges. We want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or online.
Raising awareness of the needs of carers.
Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals, helping us realise our vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers.
Carers Rights Day is a national campaign organised and led by national carers charity Carers UK. Carers UK give expert advice, information and support to unpaid carers and carer support organisations across the UK.
What we are doing
Each year we hold our Annual General Meeting to coincide with Carers Rights Day. We use this event as an opportunity to invite carers and stakeholders along to learn about our services, achievements and developments. Last year we were delighted to be joined by Northumbria University Drama & Applied Theatre students who performed a specially written and produced performance reflecting carer experiences. Our team of experienced Carer Support Workers were also on hand to listen to any issues and offer advice.
Are you a Gateshead Employer?
We are particularly keen to engage with local employers to highlight the benefits of our Carer Friendly Employer Toolkit. The toolkit can help employers to recognise and better support those employees who are also looking after someone outside of work. With support from our Employer Engagement Officer we can ensure your business policies and procedures are ‘Carer-Friendly’. Click here for more information about becoming a Carer Friendly Employer.
Are you a Carer Friendly Employer… or maybe you work for one?
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