Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Cambridgeshire's Carers Support Team Back National Campaign

Cambridgeshire’s Carers Support Team will be running a series of information sessions across the county as part of a national awareness raising campaign. 

Carers Rights Day 2013 will take place on Friday, November 29 on the theme ‘rights, advice, support’ and the local events are designed to help drive home the message. 

As part of the campaign the local Carers Support Team will be running information stands in different venues with information on benefits, support and services for carers who often work behind the scenes without recognition or help. 

Events will take place at:
  • Parkside Pool, Cambridge, November 28, 4.30-6.30 pm 
  • Huntingdon Library, November 29, 10.00 am-2.00 pm 
In the following fortnight events will also be held at:
  • March Christmas Market, Sunday, December 8, 10.00 am-4.30 pm 
  • Wisbech Christmas Market, Monday, December 16, 10.00 am-4.30 pm. 
It is hoped that the events around Cambridgeshire will be well attended, but for those who cannot make it, but who want further details on support, information and services, advice is available from the Carers Support Team at: CarersSupportTeam@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by telephone at: (01480) 377616. 

County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Fred Yeulett, said: “Carers Rights Day aims to make carers aware of different kinds of practical support that could help them to care. Our Carers Support Team is able to offer help, information and support including benefits advice, different kinds of technology which can help them to juggle work and caring responsibilities and how carers can connect with others in a similar situation and access information and support online.” 

The County Council team will also be running a drop-in information event for staff employed by the authority who are also carers, at The Ramparts, Bailey Rooms, Shire Hall, Cambridge, from 11:00-2:30 pm on Friday, November 29. 

The team will offer confidential advice about balancing paid work and caring and will be joined by colleagues offering information to promote independence through access to assistive technology, sensory services and welfare benefits. Carers Trust Cambridgeshire (formerly Crossroads Care) will also be running some events to mark Carers Rights Day – details are available on their website at: www.carerstrustcambridgeshire.org