Helping carers through system

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Thousands of people looking after a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one in Central Bedfordshire can find out about vital benefits and support they may be entitled to at a special event in Dunstable on Thursday.

The event, in support of Carers’ Rights Day, is being organised by Central Bedfordshire Council and takes place at Dunstable Community Fire Station between 10am – 2.30pm.

Run in partnership with Carers in Beds and the Carers’ Forum, it is designed to reach out to carers with the information they need to know their rights, navigate a maze of services and access the support they need.

At the Forum there will be lots of statutory and voluntary organisations and local groups to offer information and advice around their services and support for carers, such as social care, health, housing, leisure activities, holistic services and much more.

The aim of the nationally day is to reach out to the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for an older, seriously-ill or disabled loved one, informing them of the rights, benefits and the services they are entitled to.

Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing said: “It’s vital that we reach out to the thousands of carers in our area and let them know about their rights and the support they could be entitled to. I hope lots of people come along on 26 November – we’ll be able to provide carers with important advice and information to make sure they know how to get the financial and practical support they need, when they need it.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “No one should have to care alone and Carers Rights Day events mean they don’t have to. Carers can get the essential information and advice they need and connect with other local carers.”

Find out more about your rights as a carer at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/lookingaftersomeone

Carers can download a copy of the Carers UK guide at carersuk.org/carersrightsguide or order a free copy by calling Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808 808 7777 or emailing advice@carersuk.org