This year we are coming together to Make Caring Visible and Valued.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid. When we refer to carers in this document, this is inclusive of both adult and young carers.
Many carers don’t see themselves as carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as a carer (NHS website: Understanding Carers).
It can be difficult for carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling, partner, or a friend.
Due to COVID 19 this may be offered by phone or virtually.
The Crossroads Carers Assistance Line provides a caring, listening ear and can support you in many practical ways –
- Confidential, one-to-one support
- Advice, information and guidance over the phone or face-to-face
- Signposting to other specialist support services and/or groups provided by Crossroads and other organisations based within Sandwell
- Help to reinstate previous/pre-COVID care arrangements or facilitate new arrangements
- Advice on how to gain a Carers Assessment from the Local Authority
- Wellbeing support, coaching/mentoring
- Support and practical training provided in the home, by our in-house trainer, for carers of people with complex needs
- Access to Carers Trust Emergency Fund
Call our free Carers Assistance Line on – 0121 803 6830
Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm and Friday, 8.30am – 4pm.
Email – CAL@sandwellcrossroads.org
The Carers Service is for the carers of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust patients who are in receipt of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Learning disabilities services or Adult/Older adult mental health services in the Sandwell area (a carer can be a relative or friend of the patient).
Telephone Number 0121 612 6000
Monday – Thursday 9AM – 5PM
Friday 9AM – 4:30PM
(We do planned out of hours work for working carers)
Sandwell Young Carers provide :
- Short Breaks
- Promotion of Work with Young Carers
- Support Work
Tel: 07802 492341