It is govenment policy that a flu jab is offered to anyone receiving Carers Allowance or who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare might be put at risk if the carer falls ill. The decision to offer the jab will be made by your GP, depending on your particular circumstances.
Earlier this year Carers UK launched their We Care. Don’t you? campaign following the publication of their Caring and Family Finances Inquiry which showed that, on top of existing financial hardship, carers now face £1 billion cuts to their welfare by 2018.
Carers UK will be sending a letter to the Government and all MPs, which they would like carers and former carers to sign – you can read the letter and add your signature online here.
A website has recently been set up with advice and support for people caring for someone with dementia, whether it is a partner, parent, grandparent or friend who has dementia. The website is a place to share tips on how to cope with different scenarios (such as how to cope with challenging behaviour) as well as tips for looking after yourself. The website has been set up with the input of people who are caring for someone with dementia. The website is here: http://www.dementiacarer.net/. You can share information about who it is that you care for, to tailor the relevant pages and tips to your situation too.
Changes to employment law came into force in June 2014 that extend the right to request flexible working to more carers. The new law states that anyone who has worked with their employer for more than 6 months can request flexible hours, for any reason. As Helena Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, says, “Some carers have been reluctant to request flexibility at work as they felt they were asking for special treatment. Now that all workers will have this right, we hope that workplace culture will grow even more accepting of staff requesting flexibility for a variety of reasons to balance work with different parts of their lives.” For more details on this, please visit http://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/news/new-rights-will-normalise-flexibility-at-work.
Support from other Carers Groups
Carers in Sheffield runs several support groups across the city – see our Carers Groups page for more details.
There are many more carers groups held across the city, with some being held at the Carers Centre, for example a group for carers of someone who has had a stroke. For more details on any of these, please visit www.sheffieldhelpyourself.org.uk, and use the keyword search for two keywords: ‘carers’ and the condition, eg, ‘dementia’.
More than four in ten (42%) unpaid carers in the UK are male, according to new research launched today by Carers Trust and the Men’s Health Forum.
The report ‘Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer?’ was commissioned by Carers Trust to look into the experiences and needs of male carers, and to help raise awareness of the fact that they might not be getting the support they need.
Alcohol Concern have recently launched a project, specifically to support carers who have increased their use or reliance on alcohol due to the strain from their caring role.
For more information, click here.
City Wide Care Alarms is a service offered by Sheffield City Council to give peace of mind to carers and their cared for person. The service provides an alarm which users can activate to summon help if they have a fall or other emergency. For more information click here.
Last week the Guardian newspaper published an article about the success of a story-writing group, held at Sheffield Mencap. It is an encouraging read, of something which works really well and has been a source of empowerment to the members of the group.
A link to the article is here: http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/jun/19/storytelling-group-learning-disabilities
We are very pleased that the new Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Peter Rippon, has chosen Sheffield Carers Centre to be one of the beneficiaries of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund during his year in office.
We hope the Lord Mayor will be able to join us at events during the year and are delighted that this will help us raise awareness of carers, as well as valuable funds for the Carers Centre.