Carers Rights Day 2013: rights, advice, support
This year Carers Rights Day is taking place on Friday 29 November and the theme is 'rights, advice, support', focusing on ensuring that carers understand their rights and get access to good quality advice that can support them to care.
Carers Rights Day aims to make carers aware of different kinds of practical support that could support them to care so this year our organiser’s handbook has more information on how different kinds of technology can benefit carers by; monitoring things to provide the peace of mind that lets a carer get a good night’s sleep or to juggle work and care, or enabling carers to connect with other carers and access support and information online.
Register now for a free organiser's handbook:
How carers' rights and entitlements will be changing
This year as part of this year's Carers Rights Day we are highlighting some of the ways that carers' rights and entitlements will be changing.
Support Carers Rights Day this year by fundraising for Carers UK. It’s a great way to get the local community involved and raise awareness of Carers Rights Day and the work that carers do.
Each year Carers UK organises Carers Rights Day to:
- Increase the take up of benefits – it’s estimated that millions of carers’ benefits aren’t claimed each year.
- Make sure carers know their rights – every year, more than 2 million people become carers, many don’t identify themselves as carers and miss out on support. Even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren't aware of their entitlements.
- Guide carers towards practical support - it's not just about benefits. Carers often do not realise practical support is available, like replacement care to give the carer time off, help with lifting and bathing, equipment and home adaptations that can be vital in protecting carers’ health.
- Raise awareness of the needs of carers - Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals.
Over 850 local groups registered to take part in Carers Rights Day 2012 and want this year will be even bigger.