Barbara joined staff from Salford Carers Centre at a Carers Information Event at Salford Royal Hospital on Carers Rights Day 2011.
The event aimed to raise the profile of carers and to draw attention to the needs and concerns they can face every day. Information about carers’ rights, the benefits they are entitled to and where to turn for help and support were available throughout the day.
“Carers Rights Day is a good way of drawing attention to the work that carers do and the difficulties they face. It can also help carers to know about what benefits and support they are entitled to and how they can access them. Carers play such an important role but too often their work goes unrecognised and Carers Rights Day also helps in the work of identifying carers.
“Many people who look after ill, frail or disabled loved ones do not consider themselves to be carers and therefore do not access the support that is available to them. Many carers are financially worse-off as a result of caring and yet they do not claim the benefits they are entitled to. In the current economic climate, with the cost of living is rising, it is more important than ever that carers know exactly what they are entitled to and how to claim it. I was pleased to be able to show my support for this valuable event for carers.”
Barbara and Helen Hills, Deputy Manager of The Princess Royal Trust Salford Carers Centre.