As you may already know the 40,000 unpaid Wirral Carers are a vital part of our community saving our local economy over £2 million each year and are integral to the success of Healthy Wirral and its intentions. The Wired Carer Connectors are about to launch their FREE Carer Awareness information sessions to statutory, voluntary and community groups Wirral wide. In this short, one hour session, they will explain how to identify Carers, how to support them and what the benefits are to all when we do; most Carers just want to be recognised for the work they do and be involved in the care of the person they look after. They will call upon the many years’ experience we have in supporting un-paid Carers in Wirral with real life examples. They will also touch upon their shared responsibility to Carers under the 2014 Care Act and commitments such as the NHS England Commitment to Carers, who pledged last year through Carers UK to help build Carer Friendly Communities. David Pearson, President of ADASS also pledged to promote Carer Friendly Communities by telling Carers about their rights under the Care Act 2014.
Participants at the information awareness sessions will be asked to enrol as a volunteer ‘Wired Community Carer Connector’ and connect Carers to support that may be available to them through information and advice whilst in their working roles evidenced by a badge/pin. The participating organisation/service will also be issued with a certificate to display as evidence they have pledged to become a ‘Carer Friendly Community’ and display/share information relating to Carers and the person they care for.
The Wired Carer Connector pledge is;
- To support Carers to care well and safely
- Respect the caring role
- Help Carers to be informed and consulted about services that may be available to them and the person they care for
- Treat Carers as individuals with needs of their own
If you would like to book a session with your teams/colleagues, please call the Wired Carers Helpline on 0151 670 0777 or email [email protected] – the availability is (preferable) anytime on a Monday or Friday’s after 12.30pm.