Carers under stress

Carers under stress

According to research published this month, almost 8 million informal carers across the UK are under significant stress and financial strain, – 15% of the population see themselves as informal carers, and 10% have been informal carers in the past.

So a quarter of the population is or has been involved in caring for someone without being paid for it, or with limited financial support. If this is you, and you are struggling financially or feel you have limited leisure or educational or personal time, you may be able to get services from the Council through a Carer’s Assessment. If you need some help with applying for Carer’s Allowance, or with going through a carer’s assessment of your needs, or with getting a food parcel, or managing debt, we can help you with this.
We can also directing you to cheap or free products and services you can use to help make ends meet.If you think we may be able to help, Contact us.
Check out Wolverhampton’s Carer Support website and service to see how they can help you. You can find carer’s support here>

Free First Aid training for carers

Free First Aid training for carers

Carers can get first aid training thanks to sessions organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Carer Support Team in partnership with British Red Cross.

The ‘Everyday First Aid’ training sessions are open to anyone in Wolverhampton who lives and cares for someone with an illness or disability, and take place in Tettenhall Wood and Blakenhall next month.

Councillor Elias Mattu, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “Everyday First Aid is a simplified and easy way to learn basic first aid which could prove invaluable. The British Red Cross believes everyone can learn a few simple skills that could help someone they care for during an
emergency and we are delighted to be able to deliver this training with them”.

Two Everyday First Aid sessions will be held at Tettenhall Wood Institute, Wood Road, on Tuesday 17 November 2015, from 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm, with two more at the Bob Jones Community Hub – formerly Blakenhall Community and Healthy Living Centre – on Bromley Street, Blakenhall, on Tuesday 24 November 2015, again from 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm.

Places are limited and must be reserved in advance by calling 01902 553409.

The Care Act 2014

lady_and_carer_with_mirrorThe Care Act comes into force in April 2015

It makes some changes to care rights and responsibilities.

The Guidance published by the Government has been consulted on, but the final guidance has noot yet been issued.

This page will be updated when the guidance is finalised.

Rights for carers and ‘cared for’

Personal Budgets enshrined in law



Transition to adult care/ continuity

New powers for the chief inspector of social care

Funding & charging reforms  (A cap on personal ‘care costs‘ of £72,000.)

Integration & Partnership working