Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, we believe that it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you when you need it. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends, and each year this number only grows.

This year's Carers Rights Day campaign will focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers, affecting access to services, and the ability to balance work and care. That's what makes it so important that all carers are aware of their rights and entitlements.

There are lots of events and activities taking place throughout the day, including training, information, and rights sessions. All you need to do is book yourself a place.

Legal workshop by Bennett Griffin LLP

10:30am – 11:30am

Bennett Griffin are delivering this workshop to better inform carers about how to prepare for the uncertainties in life for them and their cared for. With the use of real-life case studies, Bennett Griffin will guide you through the legal options available when it comes to planning for the future.

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Funeral planning as part of care

11:00am – noon

By attending this workshop, you will learn about funeral planning decisions which need prior thought, and hear some great tips on how to broach this topic without feeling awkward. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.

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Speak clearly - communication with professionals

2:00pm – 3:30pm

This workshop will enable carers to begin to look at their communication skills and the power of language whilst speaking with professionals.

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Speaking on behalf of your cared for

3:45pm – 4:45pm

This workshop, delivered by Healthwatch, looks to explore the barriers people can sometimes experience when they need to advocate or speak on behalf of the person they care for.

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The Care Act & carers rights - unpacking the jargon

4:00pm – 5:30pm

This session will guide you through how carers are protected in law and why that is important.

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In a recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers:

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions

Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey: whether they are in the workplace, in a healthcare setting, when interacting with professionals, or at home. This Carers Rights Day, we want to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need. We also want carers to know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.

You can help us to create a fair society where everyone can participate and fulfil their potential. With your support, we can make a massive difference to carers and those they support.

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