Coventry Carers' Bulletin - November 2017

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Carers' Rights Day - 24 November

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To celebrate Carers Rights Day this month’s bulletin is all about carers rights.   Most of us will care for someone at some point in our lives.  It is easy to feel unprepared and not know what direction to turn for support.  Carers Rights Day aims to help people understand their rights, get the information and advice they need at the right points in time and to help carers feel more connected. 

Carers UK’s guide to carers’ rights and benefits, “Looking after someone” is published every year for Carers Rights Day.  It provides a comprehensive guide on what support carers are entitled to.  You can download a copy of the guide at “Looking After Someone” or order a free copy from Carers UK by calling 0800 808 7777 or emailing

Across the city partner organisations alongside the council will be promoting the day, the Carers Trust Heart of England will be holding stalls at the UHCW and Central Library.

Get to know your rights around your health

Your own health is important.  The clocks have gone back and the days are getting colder and longer.  It’s the time of year we all start to feel we need a bit of comfort and nurturing.  When you’re looking after someone, it’s easy to forget about your own health. 

Make sure your doctor knows you are a carer!  Many people feel their GP doesn’t need to know about their caring role.  It might not sound relevant but GPs should know when you are taking on a caring role, it may help them understand your situation a bit better and help you get the support you need. 

If you are the main carer for someone speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu jab, you are likely to be entitled to a free flu jab alongside the person you care for.  For more information visit: Who Should have a the flu jab? 

 Get to know your rights at work

Over three million people in the UK combine work with caring responsibilities.  It is important that working carers know about their rights at work and seek support where necessary. Many employers will have family friendly policies and carers have rights to request flexible working to help them balance their work/home life.

Carers have rights around:

  • Flexible working
  • Taking time off for emergencies
  • Protection from discrimination due to a caring role
  • Parental leave

For more information there is helpful information:

Carers UK –

Carers Trust -

Get to know your rights around finances

Caring for someone can take a financial toll on the whole family.  It may mean reducing hours of work or may mean giving up work entirely.  Many carers report to feel that the financial impact of caring for someone is one of the most stressful areas and can fill them with feelings of uncertainty and worry. 

You may have heard in the news that there are changes to the way in which benefits are being administered with the introduction of Universal Credit.  Carers UK have released some handy information about how these changes might impact upon carers, for more information visit: Universal Credit. 

Navigating a complex benefit system is difficult for anyone, but when time is so precious it’s important to have some good support in place to point you in the right direction.

There are some helpful tools online to help as a starting point: 

Turn2us – Online Benefit Checker


News and upcoming events

Diabetes event

Taking Control of Diabetes Community Event

To help raise awareness of diabetes and the support on offer in the community, local NHS and public health organisations are hosting a public event on Monday 11 December 2017.

The ‘Taking control of diabetes community eventwill be held at the Mercia Venue Banqueting Suite from 11am until 2.00pm, and features a packed agenda with Health Professionals from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Diabetes UK. There will be a live demonstration on how people can eat more healthily and stories from patients who have drastically improved their health by making changes in their lifestyle.

To book a place visit: or call 024 7624 6181

New Drugs and Alcohol Service


CGL – Change Grow Live are now supporting adults across the city who may be experiencing or recovering from substance misuse.   CGL are new to the city and are hoping to look at how they develop their services to support the whole family, those who care and provide support.

New Carers Assessment Worker

The City Council’s People Directorate have recruited to the Carers’ Assessment post and we are making arrangements for the new post holder to start.  This full time permanent post sits within the Council’s Older People’s Services, however, they will offer support to colleagues in the All Age Disability and Mental Health teams.

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