Support for carers

Being a carer: a day in the life

To mark this year’s Carer’s Rights Day, our carers of Havering have been celebrating by sharing their stories and experiences of being a carer, helping us to raise awareness of the importance in recognising you are a carer. To celebrate Carer’s Right’s Day in Havering, the local authority hosted a Carers Forum – Carer’s Right […]

Employment rights for carers

Continuing to work while caring can help you feel good about yourself and provide you with social interaction outside of your caring role. But staying in work or returning to work might feel like a daunting prospect and you may find it helpful to take some time off or to ask your employer if you […]

Carers’ breaks and respite care

Your carer’s assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you. See Accessible day trips and activities for help planning their trip. Replacement care and respite care Replacement care is designed to replace the care that you, as […]

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Getting a care and support package

The local authority can work with you if you have care needs. They will have a conversation with you about the things you need to help you live your life and to talk about the things you might be struggling with, such as personal care, environmental concerns and accessing the community. This conversation is also […]

Carers’ assessments

If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member, you may be eligible for support from your local council. This support could include being offered money to pay for things that make caring easier. Or the local authority might offer practical support, such as arranging for someone to step in when you […]

Carers’ rights and the Care Act

A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation. The Care Act 2014 sets out carers’ legal rights to assessment and support. It came into force in April 2015. The Care […]

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Helping you to keep caring

A carer is someone who looks after a relative or friend who, because of age, physical or other disability, cannot manage at home without help. The type of care they provide may range from personal care such as toileting, washing and feeding to visiting shopping and housework. They can live in the same household or […]

Join the carers register to keep in touch

Are you a carer? Do you look after a relative or friend who lives in Havering, who depends on you for care and support? They might have a disability, illness, condition or be frail. If you’d like more information on the support available to you as an unpaid carer, join the Havering Carers Register so […]

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Carers events and activities

Even though you are committed to your caring role you are also entitled to a life of your own. Maintaining a balance between your caring responsibilities and any leisure or social activities you would like to pursue is important. Activities and community groups There’s lots of events and activities in the community that you can get involved […]

When someone you care for dies

Caring for someone can become a major part of your life. When that person dies, as well as being a huge loss to you personally, it can leave a space in your life that can at first be hard to fill, especially if you’re feeling unsure of yourself. This article gives advice on how to […]

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