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Have your say at Carers' Rights Day

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Carer's Rights Day - Friday 23 November 10am - 2.30pm
Registration from 9.30am, the event includes a light lunch.

Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JH.

Carers Gloucestershire invites anyone who looks after a family member, friend or neighbour who could not cope without their support, to attend their annual Carers’ Rights Day event on Friday 23 November from 10am at Churchdown Community Centre.

We are hosting the event in partnership with the Gloucestershire Carers Alliance, to provide carers with an opportunity to talk about the issues they are facing, find out about services available and meet others facing similar challenges.

The day will focus on the national Carers' Rights Day theme of ‘Caring for your Future’, with talks on accessing services when things don’t go to plan and looking at how to put things right when there are issues affecting carers and, or the person they care for.

Event coordinator Mairi Mills says, “The event is quite informal and there are lots of chances to speak one-to-one about caring circumstances and how other people have coped with a range of challenges.

“After visiting the stalls from local organisations, service providers and charities, you can grab a cuppa and listen to informative presentations, then have your say about anything that’s not working.  You will meet other carers who inspire you, and you can talk or listen as much as you’d like.”  

A light lunch will be provided as well as refreshments before afternoon workshops on topics including Legal Advice for Carers, Welfare Benefits, and How to Advocate for Services for the Person you Care For

Ms Mills adds, “We really want carers to come along to get help and to get ideas, and to share information about issues facing them as carers. The Carers Alliance has been working with health and social care decision-makers and some carer issues have been heard and addressed. 

“The 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust, for example, has been doing a lot of work recognising across all parts of their service that the ‘Triangle of Care’ is the best approach, a working collaboration between the user, professional and carer that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains well-being.  This, after all, is what everyone wants, and there are hopes that this good practice will spread.”

“Carers will return home with useful information and contacts and answers to their questions, or at the very least, advice about how to take the next steps.”

Everyone is welcome to the event.  For more information, call 01452 872240 or email mmills@carersgloucestershire.org.uk. Alternative care and transport is available if booked before 16 November.