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Grants for Families and Carers
Support and Information
Age UK - Information Guides
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 who provide a substantial amount of care should ask their local Social Services for a Carer's Assessment.
This is an opportunity for them to look at your needs for support and further training.
Social Services will then include this support in the disabled person's care plan.
Once the Social Worker had identified all the needs they then allocate an individual budget.
With the growth of the Personalisation agenda Councils are now able to give cash payments or "Direct Payments" to allow people greater independence and control
This money is paid instead of receiving Council services.
The advantage of the "Direct Payments" is that the money can be used more flexibly to pay for items such as driving lessons, taxis or help with housework and gardening.
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 0300 123 1053 providing a free confidential advice to carers. It is open: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and weekends 11am to 4pm.
The Carers Trust
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.
The local carers groups within the network have access to funding to support carers. It is usually available for respite, holidays, personal development, pampering and other awards providing relief to carers.
They also 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.
They have recently published a useful Carers Guide to Managing Medicines (England only).
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.
Contact a Family
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.
National Family Carer Network
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.
Skills for Care
Skills for Care provides resources for individual employers who employ personal assistants to provide their care.
The resources range from recruiting a care assistant to supporting their education and training.
Individual employer Funding - Money is available for employers to pay for themselves or/and their PA's to go on training. The funding may be used to pay for courses such as emergency first aid and condition specific awareness training.
User-Led Organisation Funding - to deliver learning and development for individual employers and personal assistants.
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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