Support Group To Mark Carer’s Rights Day

It’s Carers Rights day, the fifth time the Council’s Social Services team has marked the national event.

And a lunchtime event today aims to inform islanders looking after friends or family about the financial and personal support available.

Carers can claim a weekly allowance of £58.45, but not all islanders who are eligible for the benefit are aware of it. An assessment can also lead to a one off payment to pay for a break from their caring role.

Twenty people, on all of the islands, are now involved with the carers support group.

Jeanette Persich says she hopes to recruit a group of carers’ respite workers to provide care for an afternoon, evening or a longer period. This is so that carers can have time to themselves here, or a chance to visit the mainland.

The organisation Cornwall Care will be at today’s session. They want to ask carers if they would like advice or training in any areas of their care work.

Jeanette says some locals have requested guidance in areas such as food and nutrition and caring for people with dementia. She says there’s also information available about practical support, such as newly introduced telecare technology.

If you care for someone, you could be supported even if the person you are looking after doesn’t claim benefits.

The carers’ support group session will be at The Wheelhouse from 10am to 2pm today and there are free sandwiches available at lunchtime.