Carers Week 2024

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Millions of people across the UK care for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health condition or addiction, cannot cope without support.  The impact of caring on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant, and its challenges should not be underestimated.

It can be difficult to know where to start when looking for help. We have collated key topics here as well as links to comprehensive information and advice for carers.

Advice and Support Organisations

Carers First Essex
Offer a virtual wellbeing programme as well as tailored advice for condition specific caring roles.
https://www.carersfirst.org.uk/essex/

Essex County Council support for carers
Information, support and guidance for people who look after someone in Essex.
https://www.essex.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/support-carers

Carers UK 
Provide advice and support for carers including carers rights, practical, financial, wellbeing, and employment guidance.
https://www.carersuk.org/

Why have a carers assessment? 

Getting a carers assessment could be the first step to getting vital support.  It's your opportunity to discuss the help you need a carer.

Any carer is entitled to an assessment regardless of amount or type of care, financial means or level of support needed. An assessment can be requested whether or not the person cared for has had a needs assessment, or even if the local council decided they were not eligible for support.  You also do not need to be living with the person you look after.

Carers can request an assessment, or someone else can make a referral on their behalf, via the Essex County Council support for carers page or click HERE.

How do you get your voice heard when speaking to professionals?

This video explores some of the challenges a carer may face when speaking about their own needs as well as the person they care for.

Being Heard - Self-advocacy for carers.

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Learn more about looking after your own mental health and wellbeing.

Many carers often feel unseen and undervalued but you are not alone.  

For general information and support, see Essex County Council mental health advice.

In a mental health crisis anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2).   

Carers UK offers specific advice on:

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Carers UK Looking After Someone Guide 2024-25-england.pdf