Carers Rights Day

Thousands of people looking after sick or disabled relatives at home may be missing out on vital benefits and support.

Carers can find out more by attending a special Carers Rights Day event organised by Southend Carers Forum on Friday 28 November at SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea.

Southend Carers Forum and its Partners are one of nearly 1000 groups across the UK who taking part in Carers Rights Day, a national awareness day organised by Carers UK. The aim of the day is to inform carers of the rights, benefits and services that they are entitled to.

Event details

Carers Rights Day 2014, Friday 28 November 2014 running from 11.00am until 3.00pm.

Location: SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea.

There will be information stands at SAVS, with representatives from a variety of agencies on hand to talk to Carers about benefits, services and support available and their rights Agencies: Southend Carers Forum, Young Carers, DIAL, Vibrance, Haven Hospices, Jewish Care, Healthwatch, Mencap, SAVS, SEPT, Supporting Carers & Families Together, Wells Legal, Local Benefits office, Local GP Dr Farooqui with people also from the local council.

Angelina Clarke, Chairman of Southend Carers Forum said,

'Carers looking after older or disabled relatives face higher bills and have often given up work to care. Our event will provide vital advice and information to anyone looking after an ill family member to make sure they know their rights to financial and practical support.'

Imelda Redmond CBE Chief Executive of Carers UK said,

'Families affected by illness or disability are facing tough times at the moment and it has never been more important that they know their rights. Families caring for older or disabled relatives save the UK a staggering £87 billion every year – we must ensure that carers get all the financial and practical support they are entitled to.'

For further information email Helen Blatchly, Information Officer for Southend Carers Forum.

Call Helen on 01702 393933.

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