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Carers

Support for Working Carers

Are you helping or looking after a family member?

We don’t always see ourselves as carers, we may just see it as looking after Mum and/or Dad or helping a family member or friend. A carer is an individual who, without payment, is responsible for the regular care and support of a parent, partner, sibling, child or other dependant who is unable to care for themselves. 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work - that's 1 in 7 of the workforce. Caring can be rewarding, but it does impact every aspect of a carer’s life.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, carers are facing even greater challenges to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.  Many of us may have recently taken on new caring responsibilities, due to the pandemic.

The University of Huddersfield is committed to providing equality of opportunity and support to employees with care responsibilities. The University acknowledges that some carers have significant caring responsibilities that can have a substantial impact on their working life.

The University's Caring for Carers at Work guidance outlines the support available for employees with caring responsibilities to help manage and maintain a positive work-life balance.

Line managers also play a key role in supporting carers, so employees are encouraged to identify themselves as a carer, in order to be able to provide the appropriate support. The University acknowledges that each caring situation will be different and can change over time so regular meetings with employees will ensure a manager can provide appropriate support as circumstances change.

Career Returners

If you or someone you know has taken a career break of at least two years’ duration for family, health or caring reasons then you may be eligible to apply for the Daphne Jackson Fellowship for research funding.

In addition Wellcome provide grants/funding for career returners in research, subject to specific eligibility ciriteria.

Information and Resources

Here, you can find out about where to go for specific support or resources depending on the nature of who you are caring for.

 

 

Carers Count is an organisation based in Kirklees which supports carers or those being cared for in the Kirklees area. Telephone 0300 012 0231, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, info@carerscount.org.uk  www.carerscount.org.uk, Facebook and Twitter. The staff also work with neighbouring districts for those of you who live, or look after someone who lives, outside of Kirklees. They offer support in:

  • Carer Wellbeing
  • Advocacy- Getting your voice heard and understanding choices
  • Information & Advice
  • Benefits
  • Mental Health Service for carers

Carers Count have provided the following resources which you may also find helpful:

Carers Count - How we can help you

Carers Count Consortium

Carers Emergency Support - Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire

Digital Resources for Carers

Employers Supporting Working Carers

Information Leaflets and Newsletters

 

Other Local Support Contacts:

Calderdale Carers - 01422 369101 Email enquiries@calderdale-carers.co.uk

Carers Wakefield & District - 01924 305544

Carers Leeds- 0113 380 4300 Email advice@carersleeds.org.uk

Barnsley Carers- 01226 288772 Email BarnsleyCarers@makingspace.co.uk

Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire- Bradford Office- 01274 449660 Harrogate Office-01423 500555

Carers UK is an organisation of and for carers which offers support in obtaining practical, emotional and financial support. Tel: 0808 808 7777 or http://www.carersuk.org/Home

Carers UK - Resources and Information

The Education Support Partnership offer free confidential help and support, no matter what the problem. Their trained counsellors are available 24/7 to everyone working in education and is available UK wide on 08000 562 561.

Mind offers guidance on how to cope when supporting someone else, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/carers-friends-family-coping-support/#.XPT5azqWy72

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers working to improve support, services and recognition for carers https://carers.org/

The NHS provides a social care and support guide https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/

 

Events

CARERS WEEK 2021 (7-13 June)

The theme this year is 'Making Carers Visible and Valued'.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising 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.

If you care for somebody, Carers Count can provide support.  For more information about Carers Count and the support they can offer, please visit their website.

Carers Count are holding a Virtual Carers Week on their website all this week, with lots of activities and events happening throughout the week, as well as a Workshop on Wednesday providing advice and details of support available to those of you with dependants.

Please find below some of the events you might like to join:

Monday 7 June

Cuppa & Chat Session 11.00 – 12:00

Providing carers with the opportunity to talk about their caring role, seek advice from our Group Workers and other carers and find out about the various types of support Carers Count are offering during lockdown and in the future.

Benefit Awareness 13:00 – 14:00

Hosted by a Carers Count Benefits Advisor.  Designed to help carers have a better understanding of benefits process and support available to them.

Relaxation Session 14:30 – 16:00

Community Links Engagement and Recovery (CLEAR) are delighted to offer you a taster session for some Relaxation techniques.

Tuesday 8 June

Quiz 15:00 – 16:00

Join us for a socially distant general knowledge quiz. Make yourself a drink, find a pen and piece of paper and meet others from Kirklees, all from the comfort of your own home for some light hearted fun.

Evening Cuppa & Chat Session 17:30 – 18:30

Providing carers with the opportunity to talk about their caring role, seek advice from our Group Workers and other carers and find out about the various types of support Carers Count are offering during lockdown and in the future.

Wednesday 9 June

Stress Management Wellbeing Session 11:00 – 12:30

Community Links Engagement and Recovery (CLEAR) are delighted to offer you a taster session for stress management/wellbeing. This session shows you how to make positive steps to prevent stress; it looks at how to stay in control when the pressure is mounting and highlights the tell-tale signs to help you recognise problems before they become serious. This is a participatory session, which will help you to recognise the possible impact of stress, learn skills to better manage stress and feel empowered to live your best life, whatever you want it to be!

Carers Count Workshop 12:15 – 13:15

Ann Marie Brabiner from Carers Count Kirklees will host an open session giving advice and details of support available to those of you with dependants, however great or small your caring responsibilities.

Please email Olivia Briddon to book your place! 

Cuppa & Chat Session 13:00 – 14:00

Providing carers with the opportunity to talk about their caring role, seek advice from our Group Workers and other carers and find out about the various types of support Carers Count are offering during lockdown and in the future.

Thursday 10 June

Big Energy Gameshow (Yorkshire Energy Doctor) 13:00 – 14:00

Join Quizmaster Chris, Emily and Kate to learn about energy whilst playing the iconic gameshow "Play your cards right" and having a laugh.

Walking for Carers 2021 Celebration 15:00 – 16:00

Join us for an overview for the carers virtual ‘tour’ of Yorkshire and Lancashire, this session will celebrate the efforts of everyone who have contributed to the tour and helped us fundraise. We are also planning a grand unveiling on how much we have raised. Click the link for more on Walking for Carers 2021

Movie Club 17:30 – 18:30

If you love a good film, join us online for a movie chat to discuss your thoughts on the film that has been suggested and recommend films that are due to be on television or BBC iplayer in the future.  Our film for the session will be: Stan and Ollie (BBC iplayer)

Friday 11 June

Tai Chi 11:00 – 11:30

If you are a carer, cared for or after carer then you can book yourself onto this Zoom Tai Chi session which is facilitated by our volunteer Andrea and is aimed to be calming and relaxing. So why don't you join us all from the comfort of your own home.

Meditation 11:30 – 12:15

If you are a carer then you can book yourself onto this Zoom meditation session aimed to be calming and relaxing, all from the comfort of your own home.

 

 

 

 

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