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 (23 November, 2023). To join, please click Zoom (meeting ID: 838 7958 5922, passcode: mc89Gi).

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: "There are an estimated 27,000 carers in Wolverhampton, providing unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older. 

"We know that, as well as the emotional cost of caring, it brings with it a financial cost, and we know that our city's carers are feeling the impact of the cost of living crisis as much as anyone else – if not even more so. 

"Therefore, it's really important 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."

The Carer Support Team has been helping families in Wolverhampton for over 20 years, providing practical information, advice and guidance, Carer's Assessments, benefits advice, emotional support, training and more. 

In September, it launched the city's all age carer support service, and now provides help and guidance to young carers aged between 5 and 18, as well as adults. 

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

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support for a relative, friend or neighbour who has a mental health need, learning disability, physical and sensory disability or is an older, vulnerable person.

Carers Rights Day takes place on Thursday - for further information, please visit the Carers UK website.