Carers Rights Day is taking place across the UK on 24 November. It seeks to raise awareness of the needs of unpaid carers, and to help ensure carers are aware of their rights and know where to get help and support.
Carers event 24 November at Brixton library
Lambeth Carers’ Hub have been running events during the week commencing 21 November 2022 to help carers learn more about their rights as carers and support available locally.
The final event in this series is for Carers Rights Day 2022 is between
Support for unpaid carers in Lambeth
Carers often struggle alone, unsure of where to turn for help, missing out on crucial information. This Carers Rights Day, we want to get the word out about local support available for unpaid carers.
Carers’ Hub Lambeth supports unpaid carers aged 5 plus, living in Lambeth or caring for someone who does. They offer a mix of 1 to 1 support, peer support and group activities, seeking to improve carers’ wellbeing and reduce isolation. Activities and support include
- monthly coffee mornings, offering carers a chance to meet fellow carers and take time out for themselves
- a legal clinic with 30 minutes of free legal advice from a solicitor
- weekly mindfulness sessions
- support with advance care plans
- a carers card scheme to connect carers with local discounts and sources of information and support
- dedicated support and activities for young carers
See the Looking After Someone guide for carers from National charity Carers UK, who organise Carers Rights Day
Support for carers to stay well this winter
Boosting your immunity is one of the best ways carers can make sure they stay well through winter, when viruses such as flu and coronavirus can make older or more vulnerable people very unwell. People who care for someone else have a right to free flu and Covid vaccination, to protect themselves and those they care for through the winter.
For carers who may be facing financial hardship and struggling with energy bills, food costs and other issues this winter, support is available from Lambeth Council and others.
A new Carers Strategy for Lambeth
Earlier this month, local carers, community members and professionals came together online and face to face to share their views and ideas of what needs to change locally to improve support for unpaid carers. Along with responses to an online survey, all of these views and ideas shared during the consultation period will inform the refresh of the Lambeth Carers Strategy. Lambeth Council and partners are reviewing the information shared via these events and surveys, and will be drawing out the key themes and suggestions for improvements in the next few weeks.
A refreshed Lambeth Carers Strategy to improve support for carers will be shared with partners and stakeholders in the new year.