Events and activities
We know that you are committed to your caring role but we believe that carers also have a right to a life of their own and that you need to maintain a balance between your caring responsibilities and any leisure or social activities you would like to pursue. This should be taken into account during our assessment of your needs as a carer.
There are also a range of leisure and social activities for carers both young and not so young - this could be anything from support groups and pamper days to coffee mornings or young carer's residential weekends.
Each year Carers Week shares the positive experiences as well as the more difficult and at the same time raises awareness of the issues faced by carer's. During this week, a number of events and activities for carer's of all ages take place. The key aims of Carers Week are to:
- Highlight and celebrate the contribution made by carers
- Campaign for better support and services for carers
- Promote policies and best practice that can improve carers' quality of life
- Reach out to 'hidden' carers, ensuring they know where to find help and support
Carers Rights Day
Carers Rights Day is about getting carers the information and advice they need to claim benefits, access practical support and find out how technology can help take the pressure off. Each year Carers UK organises Carers Rights Day to:
- Increase the take up of benefits - it's estimated millions of carer's benefits aren't claimed each year
- Make sure carers know their rights - every year more than 2 million people become carers, many don't identify themselves as carers and miss out on support. Even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren't aware of their entitlements
- Guide carer's towards practical support - it's not just about benefits. Carers often do not realise practical support is available, like replacement care to give the carer time off, help with lifting and bathing, equipment and home adaptations that can be vital in protecting carers' health
- Raise awareness of the needs of carers - Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals
Carers in Swindon can access a range of different education, employment, leisure and learning opportunities, through a carer's assessment.