Barbara joined staff from the Salford Carers Centre and carers from around Salford to help promote the needs of carers at Hope Hospital, Salford.
Barbara was able to draw attention to the needs of carers and the problems they face day-to-day, often combining full-time work with the care of a family member or friend. There was also an opportunity to let carers know about what extra benefits and allowances they were entitled to as carers – including significant discounts in council tax in certain circumstances.
The day was hosted by Hope Hospital on behalf of Salford Carers Centre and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers as part of national Carers Rights Day which is taking place across the country.
Staff were given sets of ‘keys’ to hand out to carers which carry useful phone numbers such as that of Hope Hospital’s carers social worker, the Welfare Rights Advice Line and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers northern help desk.
“It is important that carers know what they are entitled to and how to claim their entitlements.
“According to the latest research by Carers UK each year nearly 270,000 people become carers, and many do not know what they are entitled to by law.
“The research also points to the need for local authorities, health services and other servic providers to consider their information strategies to ensure that carers do no miss out on benefit and other support.
“I have always been supportive of carers and am interested in getting a better deal for them. Carer’s Rights Day is a great way of enabling carers to get informed and for others to be made more aware of the difficulties involved in caring.”
Salford Carers Centre’s Primary Care Liaison Worker, Julia Ellis said:
“Many frontline staff working at the hospital come into contact with carers on a regular basis. We very much hope they’ll take the opportunity to signpost carers to the support, advice and information that’s available to them.”
To find out where your nearest carers centre is, please call 01257 234 070.
Salford Carer's Centre can be contacted on: 0161 833 0217.
Leigh Carer's Centre can be contacted on: 01942 683 711.
Barbara with carers and staff from Salford Carers Centre and Salford Welfare Rights Service.