Worried about becoming ill and unable to cope this winter?
If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person, who may be put at risk if you became ill, you are eligible for a free flu jab, according to government policy. You are also eligible if you’re receiving Carer’s Allowance. If you feel this applies to you, you have the right to request one from your GP surgery or local pharmacist.
Carers UK runs a campaign to let carers know about availability of free jabs including through healthcare professionals and employers. Find out more here.
Carers have the right to… receive a Carer’s Assessment
Many carers find it easier to continue in their caring role if they can get some assistance. If it appears that they have needs for support, they can have a Carer’s Assessment.
Local councils can provide care and support for people who require care, and their carers. The way they make a decision about the support that they can provide is by carrying out assessments.
Find out more about eligibility, the process for applying for an assessment and the sorts of support that might be available to you – read more here.
Carers have the right to… be identified as a carer
If you provide unpaid care, you can ask your GP practice to identify you as a carer on your patient record and might be called forward for flu jabs or other public health campaigns.
A number of GP surgeries have a simple form on their website to help you register as a carer, but we have heard that this is not always the case.
If yours doesn’t have this form we’ve created a handy letter template that you can use to speak to your GP.
Carers have the right to… be consulted on hospital discharge
If you are an unpaid carer and the person you care for is being discharged from hospital, the hospital must identify and consult with you, where possible.
Gloucestershire Carers Hub support all unpaid Carers over the age of 18 years who support someone who has a disability or illness, usually a family member or friend. This is a free service as part of the NHS CCG and Gloucestershire County Council. A Carer does not have to live with the person they care for.
What is the Carer Aware?
‘Carer Aware’ aims to build on awareness of unpaid Carers within businesses and the wider community in Gloucestershire.
‘Carer Aware’ was established from the suggestion of an unpaid Carer who wanted to help other Carers across the County be identified more easily by professionals, businesses, organisations and fellow unpaid Carers. During Covid-19, Carers were issued with badges to allow them priority access to supermarkets and other community services.
From the use of the Carer Aware badge, we noticed an increase in Carers being identified within the community and wanted to build upon this. The Carer Aware Discount Card gives Carers the opportunity to have an easy and discreet way to identify that they are a Carer and enable them to access services.
Did you know?
The Carer Aware Discount Card aims to create a Countywide standard of the identification of Carers which will allow them priority access to discounts and concessions.
In turn, it will give Carers the opportunity to support their local economy.
We aim to raise awareness within local shops and businesses of the 62,644 carers* (2011 Census) in Gloucestershire.
Want to find out more?
On the 23rd of November 2021 at 10.30am, join us for the launch of our Carer Aware Discount Card. The session will give an overview of the card, businesses who have signed up already and an overview of the simple registration process for other businesses to enable them to offer discounts.
An exciting opportunity exists to join an award-winning organisation at the forefront of developing support services with and for young carers.
Young Carers Key Worker (2 posts available)
30 – 37 hours per week: (Negotiable dependent on personal preference)
GYC Salary Scale Pt 26 – 29, £24,830 – £27,539 pro rata
The successful candidate will be responsible, taking a whole family approach, for undertaking assessment visits with young carers and their families in order to identify their needs and develop a support plan. You will work directly with young carers to achieve positive outcomes delivering a minimum of two weekly term time respite/activity groups in various localities across the county and contributing to well-being groups. You will also be involved in organising and delivering a programme of activity breaks and residential experiences for young carers across the county and providing one to one support to young carers as appropriate.
We are looking for an experienced professional with proven ability in communicating sensitively with children, young people and their families and in organising group activities. You will hold a relevant qualification (Level 3) within Youth Work/Education/Social Care/Health. You will have excellent organisational skills and be proficient in the use of IT. You will need to be available for regular evening and occasional weekend work.
You will represent GYC in a manner consistent with the highest professional standards reflecting GYC’s commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity and follow national and local policy in relation to safeguarding at all times.
For further information please call Karen James 07592 794504 or Laura Ritchings on 07773 331889