Carers can find out what the Care Act means for them at special information sessions over the next few weeks.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Carer Support Team is organising workshops detailing the impact that the Care Act, described as the biggest reform to adult social care in the UK for over 60 years, may have on people who look after a friend or relative.

It came into force last April and sets out new rights for carers and the people they look after, including what kind of help they can expect to receive.

The workshops will focus on the council's duties to carers under the Care Act, particularly around assessments and advocacy, and determining eligibility for support and how that support may be provided.

They take place at The Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Blakenhall, on Tuesday 26 January, Tettenhall Institute, Wood Road, Tettenhall Wood, on Wednesday 3 February and Wednesfield Community Hub, Well Lane, on Monday 15 February.

Each session takes place from 10.30am to 12.30pm and places are limited so should be reserved in advance by calling 01902 553409 or emailing

Councillor Elias Mattu, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adults, said: "The Care Act has been described as the biggest reform of care in 60 years and gives service users, carers and their families greater rights. I'd urge carers to attend one of these sessions and find out how it affects them."

The Care Act primarily relates to adults and their carers, so the sessions are aimed at people who care for adults or young people who are approaching adulthood.

  • released: Tuesday 12 January, 2016