Support For Carers in Slough
Slough Adult Carers
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who supports a partner, family member or friend due to the person’s age, illness, disability, substance misuse or mental health problem. This is different from providing paid professional care, or acting as a volunteer through an organisation. Carers come from all communities and are of all ages.
Caring for someone includes helping them with washing, dressing, eating, managing finances or keeping appointments, as well as emotional support when the person they care for feels lonely or anxious.
Can I get support as a carer?
The Care Act 2014 has increased the rights and recognition of carers in the adult social care system by putting carers’ rights on an equal footing to the person they care for.
This means that if you are a carer, you have the right to have a carer’s assessment based on your needs, regardless of the amount of care you provide. If you think you are a carer, you may be able to get support from the council, other public services or from the local community to help you carry on with your caring role and look after your own health and wellbeing.
The Care Act also introduced a new duty for councils to involve carers in the assessment of the person they care for.
Please note that Farnham Road practice gives free flu jabs to carers.
Getting the right support when you need it
When you look after someone who needs a lot of support, there may be times when you need help too. Find out more about the support available locally for carers:
- Slough Carers Support
- Support for carers of people with mental health problems
- Digital tools to support you
- Slough Services Guide - local organisations, groups and activities available for carers
- Carers assessments
- Financial advice
- Register as a carer with your GP
- Get involved in our Carers Partnership Board
- Advice and information for carers from Which?
Frimley Health and Care STP
Together for Carers
The Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Partnership recently supported this event. Presentations can be downloaded here:
Slough Young Carers
Advice and support for remarkable young people
Slough Young Carers is for 8-19-year-olds in Slough. The sessions offer advice, support and a break for young people to enjoy a range of age-appropriate activities such as ice-skating, cinema, bowling and even day trips out.
- Are you under the age of 19?
- Do you have a relative that has an illness, disability or addiction?
- Do you help to look after them?
If the answer to all these questions is YES, then you’re a young carer.
Slough Borough Council has a duty to ensure all Young Carers screening tools are carried out. It is important that this is completed in order for help and support to be provided. The screening tool can be completed by individuals or professionals.
Please contact Young People’s Service via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where and when can you join in?
Where: The YES shop in Slough Queensmere (next to Robert Dyas), Slough SL1 1LN
When: 11-19-year-olds sessions run every fourth Saturday of each month
Time: from 1 pm
If you are a young carer or know someone who is seeking support, please contact the Young People's Service:
- email email@example.com or
- telephone 01753 875510.