Support for carers during Carers Week

Published: 04 June 2019

This carers week (10-16 June) the council is working alongside Slough Carers Support to improve the lives of carers living in Slough. The theme for the week is “Getting carers connected in their communities.” There is a packed timetable for the week with many events, workshops and even a cycle ride. From online resources to social groups, news, discounts and wellbeing support, there are a number of forms of support you can access if you’re a carer in Slough. For more information about the events including details about how to book please visit : www.sloughcarerssupport.co.uk

Carers UK estimate 6.5 million people living in the UK today are carers. That’s one in eight adults who are caring, unpaid, for family or friends; around 12,000 carers living in Slough alone.
This could be a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or is affected by mental health or substance misuse. It includes young people under 18 who may be caring at home. Providing care for another person can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. But there can also be times when people who care find themselves struggling.

Dr Jim O’Donnell, Locality Lead Slough, East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Carers are often so focused on the person they care for they forget to look after themselves, to recognise they are carers, or to realise the help and support that is available to them locally. Individuals to whom we owe so much end up going without the help we can provide.”

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We value our carers in Slough and thank them for the amazing work they do. The council will continue to do everything we can to support them to look after their own health and wellbeing. We’ve put this offer together with our carers so there’s something here for everyone to use or take part in. We’re always open to new ideas and will continue to evolve this programme as we continue listening to the needs of our carers in the community.”

Extra support has also launched in Berkshire this month as East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), together with Signal4Carers, have launched a Berkshire wide Freephone number, to support those who may be looking after someone.

Many people who carry out caring responsibilities do not recognise themselves as carers, but may benefit from some support and could be unaware of the help available to them. Many may feel they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member.

Safeguarding adult reviews across Berkshire have identified a need for more proactive awareness to support those people who may be looking after someone.

If you are looking after someone, you can call the Freephone number on 0800 1337851 where you will be offered support and information from 10am until 4pm - Monday to Friday (message facility for evenings and weekends).

For more information:

Slough Carers Support is a free service that believes being a carer should not be a barrier to leading a fulfilling life. Being a carer is often a juggling act between work and other demands; you might find you don’t have time for yourself or your own health is suffering as a result. Whatever your situation, they are here to support you on your journey. With newsletters and alerts to keep you up to date, a discount card with exclusive discounts for carers, and you can register to be signposted to practical and emotional support through workshops and online resources. Slough Carers Support can also sign post you to a range of local carers’ support groups and wellbeing programmes to help you feel connected. Register now at www.sloughcarerssupport.co.uk

Alternatively if you require extra support or guidance please call:

• If you’re caring for an adult, contact Slough Borough Council Adult Social Care Team on 01753 475111.
• If you’re caring for a disabled child, please contact Slough Children’s Services Trust on 01753 875362.
• If you’re a young person providing care, please contact Young People’s Services on 01753 875510.
• If you are caring for a person with mental health problems or dementia please contact the carers lead on 01753 690950.