The City of Wolverhampton Council's Carer Support Team has moved into its new home at Central Library.

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The team offers a range of support for people who care for a friend, relative or neighbour in Wolverhampton, ensuring they are supported in their caring role, have access to the services they need and are able to claim the benefits they are entitled to.

They provide practical information, guidance and advice on a range of matters including benefits and short breaks for carers, and offer a range of other services including carer assessments, the Carers Emergency Card and training in skills such as first aid.

Drop-in sessions take place at Central Library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4.30pm, and appointments for assessments can also be made outside of these times.

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Carers shouldn't have to struggle on their own; there is support out there, whether it be emotional, financial or practical advice and our Carer Support Team is on hand to help.

"The move to Central Library will enable the team to meet many more carers in a more accessible location close to the new City of Wolverhampton Market, and because the library has long opening times they will also have the flexibility to see carers outside of normal working hours.

"In addition, the team will be working across a range of other venues, including district libraries and community centres to promote the support they can provide to carers across all parts of Wolverhampton."

A carer is anyone who provides support for a relative, friend or neighbour without payment. The person they care for may have a mental health need, learning disability, physical and sensory disability or may be an older, vulnerable person. It is thought there are more than 26,000 unpaid carers in Wolverhampton.

For more information about the Carer Support Team, please call 01902 553409, visit Type=articles;Articleid=2789;Title=Carer support;, email or follow @WolvesCarers on Twitter.

  • released: Wednesday 25 July, 2018