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By on 26/11/2014 in News

Carers Rights Day, Friday 28 November 2014

There is a steady rise in the number of unpaid carers in the UK. 1 in 8 adults are now looking after family and friends in an informal caring role. There are thousands of unpaid carers in Birmingham, who may be missing out on vital benefits and support.

Carers can find out more by attending The Lord Mayor Coffee Morning organised in conjunction with Carers UK, at the Birmingham Carers Hub stall on Friday 28 November from 10.00am to 1.00pm in the Banqueting Suite, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham.

Birmingham Carers Hub was launched by Forward Carers Consortium after successfully being awarded a contract by Birmingham City Council, to provide a wide range of services to unpaid carers and parents of disabled children in Birmingham. The Hub is a ground breaking new service set up by like-minded, not for profit organisations working in partnership and all with a desire to make a real difference to carers lives by offering innovative ways to support them. This includes our Carers Emergency Response Service which provides FREE back-up support for up to 48 hours in the event of a carer emergency.

Birmingham Carers Hub is one of hundreds of groups and organisations in the UK, who are taking part in Carers Rights Day, a national awareness day organised by Carers UK.

This event aims to reach out to the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for the elderly, seriously ill or a disabled person, and informs them of their rights, benefits and any services they are entitled to.

Simon Fenton, Chief Executive of Forward Carers, said: “With thousands of carers in Birmingham, we are letting them know about their rights and entitlements and providing vital advice and information to anyone looking after an older, disabled or ill family member or friend to make sure they know how to get financial and practical support.â€

Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah added: “The thousands of carers across Birmingham do an amazing job and are often unaware of the help and advice that is available to help them. Hopefully this event can help many carers in Birmingham realise they are not alone.”

Helena Herlots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “Most of us will provide care at some point in our lives to ill or disabled loved ones. Yet when caring affects your family, it is often hard to get help and advice. We know it often takes months or years for carers to be told about the financial and practical support available to them. Without this support caring can take a serious toll on carers’ health, finances and wellbeing. Carers Rights Day events mean carers can get the essential information and advice they need and connect with other carers.â€

Carers can call Birmingham Carers Hub adviceline on 0844 225 0680; email us at info@birminghamcarershub.org.uk or check us out at Facebook.com/birminghamcarershub

Note to Editors

Carers Rights Day is a national event organised by the charity Carers UK, a national charity who represent, support and speak up for the 6.5 million carers in the UK.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Thair Rashid – Marketing & Communications at 07773 777253 or email at thair.rashid@creativecircles.co.uk.

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