A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. Taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression. Many Carers give up an income, future employment prospects and pension rights. Many Carers also work and are trying to juggle jobs alongside undertaking a caring role. We operate an ‘open door’ policy, so even if you enquire about our service but find not for you, we will do our very best to signpost you to the correct services.
- 1 in 3 report depression
- 1 in 2 report disturbed sleep
- 1 in 4 report back and other strains
- 40% have significant stress levels
- 3 in every 4 carers are worse off financially as a result of caring
- Only 25% of carers have had a ‘Carers Assessment’ and over 50% were unaware they have an entitlement to an assessment of their own needs, as a ‘Carer’.
Unfortunately many carers do not identify that they are a carer, although they may identify themselves as a concerned other, and can identify that their lives are impacted through a family member or friends illness or disability, such as:
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Mental ill health issues
- Drugs and/or Alcohol issues
As a Carers Service we understand all too well the impact that these issues can have on carers and because of this we work tirelessly to identify and support carers and concerned others to ensure they have early help and support without the need for issues to reach a crisis point.
- We now have a new carers assessment which focuses on providing carers advisers with a full picture of how carers can be supported – not just papering over the cracks – open door policy
- We now have a new database that will really support the team and subsequently carers as this will provide us with excellent information for working with carers in real time and also will provide valuable information for reporting purposes and to identify areas for future development.
- A new website will be in place by Sept 2014 that will provide very clear and concise information about everything that the service offers to carers.
- We now have a volunteer co-ordinator in place, of which has resulted in many more volunteers volunteering to support the services we offer, especially our new befriending scheme, of which again, supports carers longer term.
- Work is also being undertaken to develop the restaurant arm of the service into a social enterprise
- New trustees have come forward who have a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise.
- New fundraising arm – Crafty Crazy Crafts – Need link here
- The service now has 16 staff and approximately 40 volunteers and still growing.
Chief Exective Officer – Sam Morris
Head of Services – Clare Hobley
Finance Officer – Gillian Ingham
Our Reception Team – Carol Beardsworth and Rashida Ahmed
Our team of Advisers:
Older Persons Adviser – Sonia Stevens
Darwen and Rural Adviser – Anna Frankland
Drug and Alcohol Adviser – Michael Strahan
Young Adult Adviser – Kellie Slinn
Activity Worker – Kulsum Chishti
Volunteer Co-ordinator – Kiran Sadiq
Benefit Adviser based at Shelter – Claire Johnson