During the Coronavirus/Covid-19 lockdown, the Carer Support Team are offering well-being calls. If you would like to talk to someone about your caring role or would like to discuss planning if you or the person you look after becomes unwell, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01902 553409. The team are also able to link into community support helping carers with barriers around shopping, collecting medication or any other issues around your caring role you may be worried about. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01902 553409.
Carer Support Team
The Carer Support Team offers a range of support for carers of adults living in Wolverhampton.
A Carer is anyone who provides support for a relative, friend or neighbour without payment. The person that you look after may have a mental health need, learning disability, physical and sensory disability or may be an older, vulnerable person.
The Carer Support Team can support you in your caring role by offering the following:
- Practical information, advice and guidance
- Carer's Assessment
- Benefits advice
- Emotional support
- Carers Emergency Card
- Carer training
- Carers Cafe at the Lighthouse, Evie's Kitchen, Big Venture Centre
- Information about Breaks for Carers
- Short break caravans
What is a Carer's Assessment?
This is an opportunity for you as a carer to talk about your caring role and the impact it has on your life. You will then be able to work through a plan to support you in your caring role.
As a Carer, there may be benefits, such as Carers Allowance to which you are entitled. The person you care for may also be entitled to benefits that you may not be aware of. During your carer's assessment, you will be offered advice and support about the benefits you may be able to claim. You should always get advice when putting in claims as sometimes claiming certain benefits can have an impact on the benefits of the person you care for. For more information please contact the Carer Support Team.
Carer's Emergency Card
Carers are offered an emergency card once they have had a Carer's Assessment so that if the carer was in an accident or emergency, the card would identify them as a carer and a contingency plan can be put into place.
All Age Carer Strategy
An All Age Carer Strategy has been developed and is available, along with an Executive Summary in the Downloads section of this page.
Information and Advice
The team provides a City Carer magazine and monthly bulletin for carers and also organises activities and information awareness events during Carers Week and Carers Rights Day. More information is available by contacting the team.
Carer Training, Events, and Workshops
The team offers ad hoc Carer Training, for example, First Aid Training and IT sessions. For more information contact the Carer Support Team.
- Carers Short Break Caravans - see brochure in the Downloads section of this page.
Guidance on how to be a Carer Friendly Employer
Associate Directors of Social Services (ADASS), in association with each of the West Midlands Authorities, have launched guidance on being a Carer Friendly Employer. The guides are in the Downloads section of this page.
- Carer Friendly Employees Guide: A guide for staff who combine caring with paid employment
- Carer Friendly Employers Guide: A guide to support your staff who combine caring with paid employment
The guides offer information and support about how organisations can support carers and what employees can expect. There is also a pledge that you can sign up to and display. To become a Carer Friendly Employer and sign up to the pledge, email the Carer Support Team.
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Who to contact
Telephone: 01902 553409
Contact the Carer Support Team to discuss the types of breaks that may be available in your local area. There is currently no charge for carers support services in Wolverhampton. From April 2015 under the Care Act, all carers became entitled to a Carers Assessment.
Find out about the services on offer for carers living in Wolverhampton by contacting the Carer Support Team.
Telephone: 01902 553409