Carers’ Rights to Advocacy
Last year we supported over 2000 carers to understand their rights and get the help they needed. This year, Carers' Week focuses on helping carers to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring - find out how an advocate could support you through a range of difficult situations.
Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but without the right information and support, it can also be tough. Through the Care Act, the 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers have a much stronger right to advocacy than ever before. Advocates can help carers to understand their rights and what help is out there. If things are really tough, for example during periods of ill-health or because of disability, we can provide one-to-one support to make sure that your voice is heard.
Every local authority has a duty to provide access to information and advice, preventative services and an assessment of need directly to carers so you can have a life of your own alongside your caring responsibilities.
Our services are available to support carers, including child carers and young carers, who have care and support needs of their own, or are likely to develop needs as a consequence of providing care and:
- Will find it very hard to participate in their carers assessment and reviews.
- There’s no one else appropriate to support you to be fully involved.
Advocates will work with you in the way you choose and that best meets your needs. We can support you to be fully involved in your assessment or review, including the self-assessment process and support planning. An advocate can help you to identify and communicate your needs and know about the wider support available to you.