As a carer, you play a vital role in providing the help and support that your friend, partner or relative needs in their everyday life.
However, caring can be difficult both physically and emotionally, and by getting in touch with us to tell us about your caring role, we can check that you’re getting as much support as possible and tell you about the wide range of services available for carers locally.
Who is a carer?
A carer is anyone who provides any care or support to an individual such as a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who needs assistance in their day to day life and cannot manage without your help. Carers do this without payment, and they are not under a contractual obligation to provide care.
Many people who are caring for someone do not necessarily see themselves as carers.
Carers can be:
- mothers and fathers
- sons and daughters
- young people
- husbands, wives and partners
- friends and neighbours
What support is available?
There are a number of services both in Brent and nationally to help support carers. We may also be able to provide you with direct support such as respite or additional assistance in your home if you meet certain criteria.
Brent Carers Centre
The Brent Carers Centre is the borough’s main provider of support to carers and has an excellent range of services on offer to all carers including:
- advice and information on your rights, entitlements and support available to you
- advice, information and support on finance, benefits and employment issues
- a regular Carer’s Newsletter
- training sessions
- emotional support and counselling
- support with planning for emergencies
- activities to promote health and wellbeing
- regular clubs, events and networks.
You can contact the them on 020 3802 7070, or email email@example.com or visit them at The Willesden Medical Centre, 144-150 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2PT.
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Support for young carers
There are over 200,000 young carers in Britain, and they provide essential support to their parents, relatives and friends. It’s vital that if you’re a young carer, you get as much support as possible to make sure you can have as much fun and do as well at school as your friends.
If you are a young carer, The Brent Carers Centre has a range of services to help you with your role, including regular clubs and activities that you can join.
If you think that you might need help to continue your caring role, you can complete a self-assessment and let us know what you need help or support with.
However, if you don't care for an adult in Brent, you must contact the council the adult lives in. Find out which borough they live in.
We can provide a range of support for carers who meet certain criteria, based on your individual caring situation. This can include anything that would make your caring role easier on an on-going basis such as respite, additional care at home or other support that you and your key worker can identify together as being something that would be helpful to your caring role.
About the assessment
To find out whether you’re eligible for support from the Council, you’ll need to have your needs assessed through a carer’s assessment. Your key worker will arrange a time with you to talk through a series of questions about your caring role and how it is impacting on your everyday life.
The carer’s assessment will usually be conducted alongside an assessment of the needs of the person you care for, unless you’d like to request an assessment at a later date.
You can choose whether you would like the person you care for to be involved in your assessment, or if you’d prefer to talk to your key worker in private, as it’s not always easy to talk about how your caring role is affecting your wellbeing.
After the assessment
Your key worker will review the things you’ve told them about and decide whether you’re eligible for support from us. If you are, they will discuss with you what sort of support you’d like to receive and agree on how this support will be delivered.
If you’re not eligible for support from the Council, your key worker will make sure you know all about the support on offer from Brent Carers Centre.
We can also offer you a benefits check to make sure you are receiving all the financial support that you’re entitled to, including the Carers’ Allowance.
How do I request an assessment?
Contact Adult Social Services to request a carers assessment.
There is a range of support available for carers nationally, including travel discounts, free admission to various sports and leisure activities and a range of offers.
You will be able to find out more about this support on the Brent Carers Centre website.
If you are aged 18 years old or younger and you help out looking after a relative, then you may be a young carer.
The person you look after could be your mum, dad, brother, sister, a grandparent or even a close friend. They could have a physical illness or disability, mental health difficulties, sensory or learning disability or have a problematic use of drugs or alcohol.
- help with the care of that person
- help to keep your household running because your parent is not able to
- cook family meals
- ensure your siblings get to school on time
- do shopping and cleaning.
Whatever you do, you will playing a vital role in providing the help and support that your mum, dad, brother, sister or relative needs.
As a young carer your life may be significantly affected by your caring role. You may find it difficult to cope and are:
- struggling with school work
- sometimes missing school because you are needed or worried about your relative at home
- finding it difficult to talk about your life
- finding it difficult to spend time with friends
- worried that you may be separated from your family if someone finds out what you have to do
- isolated and feel alone
- feeling frustrated and depressed.
You may not realise it but you are not alone, there are so many young carers in Brent.
Brent Carers Centre can provide you with loads of opportunities to meet with other young carers for peer support and having fun. It is important that you get as much support as possible to make sure you can have as much fun and do as well at school as your friends.
Find out what support you can get from Brent Carers.
You may also join the online community of young carers for discussion or for advice from qualified youth workers.