Age UK have produced two excellent information guides to download providing advice for carers on the Carers Assessment, having a break, benefits, rights and entitlements.
The information is useful to all carers as well as carers of the elderly.
Carers Direct is a national information, advice and support service for carers in England run by the NHS.
It has a Carers Direct helpline on 0800 988 8657 providing a free confidential advice to carers. It is open: Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm and weekends 11am to 4pm.
The Carers Trust (formally The Princess Royal Trust and Crossroads Care) provides support to carers mainly through a network of Carers Services for carers and young carers.
Local carer's groups provide advice and guidance, advocacy support and may organise regular forums for the opportunity to voice opinions and concerns to influence future policy and decisions for carers.
The website is full of useful information on everything to do with being a carer including Carers Allowance and how to obtain a Carers Assessment.
A MUST READ is .........10 Things Every Carer Should Know......A summary of useful information for new and existing carers.
Carers UK aims to provide a voice to carers by campaigning for change and gathering evidence to challenge carers rights.
It provides information on all aspects of caring such as Direct Payments, how to maintain your state pension and carers rights in the workplace.
It also gives a detailed list of all the benefits available to carers and the disabled people they care with the eligibility criteria for each benefit.
Contact a Family provide support, advice and information for all families with a disabled child.
They have a free telephone helpline 0808 808 3555 open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm which is able to help with most issuses concerning disabled children and their families.
There is also a Resource Library with useful publications.
Cool2Care acts as an introductory Personal Assistant (PA) service for parents with disabled children and young adults. It will recruit, screen, train and place care-workers with families needing support and care for their disabled child either at home or out and about in the community.
The organisation was founded by the father of a disabled child and runs as a social enterprise.
Click here to check whether Cool2Care operates in your area.
The National Family Carer Network links groups and organisations that support families that include an adult with learning disabilities.
If you are a familiy carer the organisation can help you find a local support group, information and other resources.
Working Families supports parents and carers in finding a balance between home and work.
It provides information and guides for working parents and carers on employment rights and benefits.
The organisation also run the "Waving not Drowning" project for parents of disabled children and carers of adults who want to combine work with their caring responsibilities. It sends out a newsletter 2 or 3 times a year and a monthly e-bulletin.
The "Waving not Drowning" helpline 020 7017 0072 is able to answer questions about work and caring.
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