The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Carer Support Team is marking this year’s Carers Rights Day with a special information session designed to highlight the benefits that unpaid carers are entitled to.

The council's Welfare Rights Officer Nitta Patel will be hosting the session via Zoom from 2pm to 3pm on Thursday (24 November, 2022). To join, please click Zoom.  

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Caring costs in so many ways; it could be the cost to the health and wellbeing of unpaid carers, but very often it is also the financial costs associated with looking after a loved one or close friend.

"The current cost of living crisis is being felt by everyone, but perhaps most of all by carers, and that's why it is vital that they understand their rights and what financial support they, or the person they care for, may be entitled to.

"We are pleased to be able to host this important session with our Welfare Rights Officer Nitta Patel which will highlight the range of benefits which are available, and how carers should go about claiming them. Carers will also have the chance to put their questions to Nitta at the end of the session."

Wolverhampton’s Carer Support Team offers a range of support for people who care for a friend, relative or neighbour, 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. 

The team also provides practical information, guidance and advice on a range of matters including benefits and training in essential skills such as first aid.

For more information, please call 01902 553409, visit Carer support or email  

Carers Rights Day is organised by the charity Carers UK. For more information, please visit Carers UK.

Supporting carers is a key commitment of the Wolverhampton Cares initiative. Launched by the council and key partners last autumn, it has seen a package of help and support put in place to help the local health and social care sector through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. To find out more about Wolverhampton Cares, please visit Wolverhampton Cares