Being a Carer
Anyone who looks after a child or young person who has Special Educational Needs, Additional Needs or Disability Needs can be a carer.
This includes parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members. However for benefits and council services usually only one adult is identified as a carer although siblings are considered separately.
Children and young people who attend mainstream schools can also have a parent or sibling who is a carer.
The best way to find out if you could be considered as a carer with your own support needs is to ask for a carers assessment. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including your physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. To discuss the options available to you, contact the Council Customer Services on 01926 410410 or find more information here warwickshire.gov.uk/carersassessment
Please contact the forum using the details at the bottom of the home page if you run into difficulties when requesting an assessment.
The Carers Uk Looking after Someone guide is divided into the following sections: getting help and support, your finances and your work, you can view the guide here Carers Uk looking after someone
1. Find out about practical support
You may need practical support to help you care, like short breaks, equipment to help make caring easier or information about local groups that can help.
By registering as soon as possible with the Carers Trust Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service you will have access to help and support to help you maintain your health and wellbeing. Support also includes emergency breaks. Call Telephone: 024 7663 2972 – Option 2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk/warwickshire-carer-wellbeing-service/
2. Get a benefits check
Carer’s Allowance is the main carers’ benefit – offering a small income now and National Insurance contributions towards your State Pension if you have given up work to care. But not everyone is eligible for the benefit, so make sure you get a full benefits check to see what other financial support you may be entitled to. Contact your local Citizen Advice Bureau for advice.
3. Connect with other carers
Caring can be isolating. When we’re looking after someone, it’s not always easy to find people who really know what caring is like and are able to give us help and understanding.
There are carer support groups across the UK that can help you meet other carers, as well as access local advice and support. Contact the Carers Trust Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service. Call Telephone: 024 7663 2972 – Option 2 Email: email@example.com or visit https://www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk/warwickshire-carer-wellbeing-service/
Many carers also find online forums a huge source of support – a place where you can share what’s on your mind, anytime of the day or night, with other carers who understand what you are going through and who can support you through everything caring has to throw at you. Carers UK’s forum is at carersuk.org/forum