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Training resources to help with improving the identification and support of young carers

These resources are designed to support the training of a wide range of professionals and volunteers to identify and support young carers.
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health careCarers servicesSocial careEducationCommissioning
I work with: 
Young carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
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Monday, September 10, 2018 - 13:00
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The Department of Health and Social Care funded Carers Trust to develop these training resources, which support a wide variety of professionals, including volunteers, from:
  • Education, health and social care statutory sectors. 
  • Children and young people’s services including youth workers.
  • Young carer services. 
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations. 
  • Faith organisations. 
 
The resources will help professionals to understand young carers, and how an offer of support can be made to them and their families, to reduce excessive or inappropriate caring. 
 
The training covers:
 
  • Defining who young carers are and the challenges they face. 
  • Different types of young carer roles. 
  • Nature of tasks that young carers carry out. 

FileModule 1 - Handout 1 Sample Agenda
PDF iconModule 1 - Handout 2 - What kinds of caring do young carers do
PDF iconModule 1 - Handout 3 What is the impact of caring on young carers

  • Understanding the extent of young carer involvement: nationally and by area.
  • How you may be able to identify who is a young carer.
  • Understanding young carer issues, and potential barriers to their achievement.
  • Different models for identifying young carers.
  • Barriers to young carers seeking support.
 
  • Guidance and advice on how to approach an initial conversation with a child, or parent, in an appropriate and sensitive way.
  • Guidance and advice on who else to involve when, and how to involve them in a sensitive manner that is appropriate for the child and their families. 
  • Recognising appropriate safeguarding issues in relation to young carers and guidance on how to address these.
  • Understanding of confidentiality issues. 
 
Module 4 
  • Guidance and advice on key local stakeholders to involve. 
  • Where to find local support and services to signpost young carers.
Module 5
  • Resource library of tools and templates.
Module 6
  • Securing commitment from participants to take action.

Other materials: 

The training can be delivered in one day, or in modules, for example over a series of team meetings.
 
Carers Trust worked with four Carers Trust Network Partners to develop and deliver these resources in face-to-face training in spring and early summer 2018 to over 220 people:
 
 
We will also deliver a webinar.
 
Please email our Policy team with any feedback about the materials and let us know how you have used them. 
 
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A Road Less Rocky - Supporting Carers of People with Dementia 

In May 2012, Carers Trust commissioned the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, and Firefly Research & Evaluation, to undertake research to ‘understand more about the caring journey undertaken by carers of people with dementia and the challenges they face, from initial concerns that there may be something wrong to experiences at the end of life and afterwards’.

England and Wales

The Mental Health Act 2007 amends the previous 1983 Act, which governs the compulsory treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder.

In 2015 the government published a new Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act (1983), Carers Trust published a briefing on the key points and what this means for carers.

Carers Trust Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 Briefing

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act sets out how people who lack capacity now or may do in the future should be treated and their rights protected.

Scotland

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003

This Act outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings. 

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act provides safeguards and standards for the rights of adults who are assessed to lack capacity to make decisions.

Northern Ireland

The Mental Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

This Order outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings.

Current Mental Health Research

Research specifically on mental health caring is more sparse, but examples can be found on the sites below.

 

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Working with carers of people with mental health issues

Carers of people with mental health issues deserve support, both in relation to the people they care for, and for themselves as carers. Indeed, carers are often working long hours, in unpredictable circumstances and with little or no help, to care for those closest to them.
Area of Care: 
Mental Health
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health carePrimary careHospitalsMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesSocial careCommissioning
I work with: 
Adult carersParent carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
Date Revised: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 13:45
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Carers of people with mental health problems come into contact with a range of health and social care professionals. Both in the community and in healthcare institutions, carers routinely link with psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, GPs, voluntary and charity staff, as well as many other workers.

Invaluable aid to health professionals

Carers of people with mental health issues deserve support, both in relation to the people they care for, and for themselves as carers. Indeed, carers are often working long hours, in unpredictable circumstances and with little or no help, to care for those closest to them. But in this way, carers are often an invaluable aid to health professionals' work, giving an experienced insight into the care and needs of the service user.

However, there are always challenges working with, and involving carers of people with mental health issues. Dealing with issues such as confidentiality, disputes over care and treatment, and balancing the different needs of carers and service users are common experiences for many healthcare professionals. In this sense, professionals also need support, and the necessary resources to work in partnership with carers. 

Overview of issues

An overview of the issues faced by carers has been produced by Carers Trust, as well as an outline of the key changes which we would like to see happen nationally. 

Making Respite Real in Mental Health

Carers of people with mental health problems benefit from a break from their caring role just like other carers, however, research undertaken by Carers Trust showed that many carers, service users and professionals were unaware of how to respite and carer breaks. Carers Trust has developed guidance for professionals, carers and service users to promote the value of respite, the need for it to be planned for and how to access it.

Download the leaflet  Making Respite Real in Mental Health.

The guidance is suitable for carers, professionals and service users.

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Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Resource for Further Education Providers to Help Young Adult Carers Succeed In Further Education in Wales

A Wales-specific, user-friendly resource, this toolkit was developed in partnership with Learning and Work Institute to increase awareness of student carers and their specific needs, promote existing good practice from colleges and carers services and offering expert recommendations.
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthSpecial education needs
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesCarers involvementInformation and adviceCommissioning for young carersEducation
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carersParent carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Wales
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:45
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Student Carers in Further Education

In 2015 Carers Trust worked with the National Institute for Adults Continuing Education (NIACE) to develop a practical resource for colleges. In 2017 Carers Trust Wales and Learning and Work Institute worked together to develop Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Resource for Further Education Providers to Help Young Adult Carers Succeed in Further Education in Wales, drawing on good practice from colleges and carers centres across Wales. 

This interactive resource has been designed to generate momentum for identifying and supporting student carers within colleges. We hope that it will inspire and assist all colleges to build on good practice to develop their own approaches to identifying and supporting this student group. In doing so, this will ensure that students who are caring for others - students whom, in many instances, will have overcome very difficult circumstances and have aquired valuable transferable skills along the way - are able to reach their potential and successfully achieve their educational aims. 

Feedback

Carers Trust Wales will be contacting colleges across Wales in September 2018 for feedback on the implementation on the toolkit.

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PDF icon Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Good Practice GuidePDF icon Cefnogi Myfyrwyr a chanddynt Gyfrifoldebau Gofal: Canllaw Arfer Da
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Guidance

Flu Vaccinations for Carers campaign - useful resources

NHS Employers and Carers Trust produced flu campaign guidance and resources in 2014 which healthcare staff can download .
Area of Care: 
Primary Care
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Primary careHealth and wellbeingPharmacy ServicesCarers servicesInformation and adviceCommissioning for carersSocial careCommissioning
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England
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Help reach carers across the whole community

NHS Employers and Carers Trust  produced flu campaign guidance and resources in 2014. Carers Trust also produced a set of resources aimed to be used by a wide range of organisations to as well as individuals to encourage flu vaccination uptake among carers. The resources also encourage carers to get in touch with Carers Trust for details of their local carer service. 

The Word versions of each resource were designed to be customised to include your organisation’s own logo.

Further details

For more information about the Flu Vaccination Campaign for Carers, please email Carers Trust.

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Supporting Carers in Primary Care Learning Event

Carers Trust hosted the Supporting Carers in Primary Care Learning Event in November 2014. The event brought together over 100 professionals from across the sector who work to identify and support carers across primary care.
Area of Care: 
Primary Care
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health carePrimary careMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesInformation and adviceCommissioning for carers
I work with: 
Adult carersParent carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
Date Revised: 
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 09:00
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Carers Trust hosted the Supporting Carers in Primary Care Learning Event in November 2014. This annual event was funded by the Department of Health as part of the wider Supporting Carers in Primary Care programme. 

The large scale event brought together over 100 professionals from across the sector who work to identify and support carers across primary care. 

The day provided an excellent opportunity for sharing information and good practice and the additional networking hour at the end of the day provided the ideal opportunity for delegates to reflect on what they had learnt together. The  evaluation feedback demonstrates that delegates found the day both informative and useful.

The programme

Rick Bolton, who cares for his four-year-old son led the day, sharing his account of what being a carer means to him. Delegates heard from a variety of expert speakers including Wendy Nicholson, Professional Office for School and Community Nursing at the Department of Health, Jen Kenwood, Head of Patient Experience – Community, Primary and Integrated Care at NHS England and Moira Fraser, former Interim CEO and Director of Policy at Carers Trust, as well as taking part in a selection of workshops. 

View the presentations

The event presentations will be useful for staff from carers services and other organisations who support carers in primary care.  You can also preview what was covered in the workshops. 

Supporting Carers in Primary Care Learning Event – view the presentations

 

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Supporting Carers in Primary Care Learning Event – presentations

View the presentations from the Supporting Carers in Primary Care Learning Event that Carers Trust hosted in November 2014.
Area of Care: 
Primary Care
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health carePrimary careMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesInformation and adviceCommissioning for carers
I work with: 
Adult carersParent carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
Date Revised: 
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 09:00
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These presentations will be useful for  staff from carers services and other organisations who support carers in primary care.  You can also preview what was covered in the workshops. 

Morning plenary presentations 

Policymaking to primary care practice making it happen at the sharp end (Moira Fraser, former Interim CEO and Head of Policy, Carers Trust)

Moira Fraser explained that much needs to be done to turn the rhetoric into reality and overcome the barriers facing carers organisations working with the NHS to identify carers. 

Cosying up: how CCGs can partner carers (Dr Michael Taylor, Lead GP for Carers Services at Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG)

Find out which strategies Dr Michael Taylor recommends to improve support for carers by working in partnership with CCGs.

RCGPs supporting carers in general practice programme (Dr Nazia Mohammed, Clinical Champion for Carers, RCGP)

Dr Nazia Mohammed provided an overview of the College’s work to improve carer identification and support in general practice.

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Morning workshops 

Delegates were able to choose between the following morning workshops:  

How to network effectively across the health economy to maximise support for carers (Michelle Pilling Lay, Advisor Quality & Patient Experience, East Lancashire CCG)

An overview of the current landscape in health and the opportunities to maximise the impact of the Primary Care Identification Worker.

GP audits and GP investors in carers standard accreditation (Louise Shaw, Primary Care Lead & Carer Assessment Support worker and Hazel Wright, Adult Services Manager, Northampton Carers)  

Outlines the successes and challenges of co-produced primary care Interface work over five years with specific focus on the implementation of annual audits and the launch of Northamptonshire Investors in Carers Standard accreditation.   

Developing and maintaining a carers links network in Salford (Julia Ellis, former Development Manager for Primary Care and Outreach, Carers Trust)

Provides an overview of the successful and well-established Carers Links Network in Salford. Learn how the service that provides 300 referrals per annum from the primary care sector was established, developed and maintained.

Effective monitoring and evaluation tools to assess the impact of emotional support services for carers (Clare Edwards, Carer Health Worker, West Cumbria Carers)

Explores how to effectively assess the impact of services in supporting carers’ mental wellbeing using questionnaires developed by NICE.  

We also held a workshop on young carers which was  led by Rick Bolton, Dr Nazia Mohammed and Daniel Phelps. It was agreed we all need to work together to generate a culture of change and focus on developing good long term relationships to encourage lengthy engagement. Solutions discussed included:

  • A whole family approach - ensuring young carers are identified when parents present with chronic illness for example.
  • GP awareness training - the same read code would be used for young carers as adult carers.
  • Remembering that primary care is much wider than GP surgeries.
  • NHS employees’ awareness training.
  • Continued identification through schools / colleges.
  • Identifying young carers early through health visitors and children’s centres.
  • Importance of relationships such as a long-term relationship between pharmacy staff and families.
  • Professionals having the awareness of young carers and the confidence to ask appropriate questions.
  • Important to find champions with passion to drive work forward in own establishments.

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Afternoon plenary presentations

Community pharmacy - how can it help support carers (Alastair Buxton, Head of NHS Services at PSNC) 

Describes the community pharmacy services which can support carers and the Carers Trust / Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee pilot to test carer identification in community pharmacies in England.

Supporting the health and wellbeing of carers (Wendy Nicholson, Professional Officer for School and Community Nursing at the Department of Health)

Demonstrates that community nurses are keen to extend their understanding of carers’ needs and to ensure carers’ wellbeing needs are met.

Further guidance on supporting adult carers through community nursing can be found on the Supporting adult carers through community nursing page.

NHS England commitment to carers - can it make a difference (Jen Kenwood, Head of Patient Experience – Community, Primary and Integrated Care, NHS England)

Described NHS England’s commitment to carers, which comprises 37 commitments spread across eight key priorities, from raising the profile of carers to person-centred coordinated care. 

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Afternoon workshops

Delegates were able to choose between the following afternoon workshops:

The carers health team: a methodology to prevent carers falling between the gaps in our systems (Geoff Coleman, Chief Executive, Crossroads Care South Central)

Explored using a collaborative approach to support carers involving a partnership between Crossroads Care, Carers Health Team (NHS) and Carers Support West Sussex.

Carer awareness training for pharmacies (Anne Cole, Regional Manager South West, CPPE)

A guide to the new carer-awareness training resources for pharmacy teams co-produced by the Centre For Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) and Carers Trust to improve the identification and referral of carers and how this fits into the Carer Friendly Pharmacy Pilot.

Supporting carers through integrated care (Helen Brown, Health Development Lead Carers Resource, Harrogate) 

Evidences the value of providing support for carers by establishing a service for carers within Integrated Care Teams. It highlights the success of the service in identifying and reaching out to ‘hidden’ carers and the benefits to all the multi-disciplinary professionals involved.

Supporting carers through e-learning for community nurses (Jennie Whitford – Carers Project Manager, QNI) 

Explores the digital Carers Resource for community nurses which has been developed by The Queen's Nursing Institute in collaboration with nurses working in the community.

 

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The Carers Star

The Carers Star is a holistic and collaborative tool, designed for use in services that support carers one-to-one over a period of time.
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingHealth inequalitiesCarers in employment
I work in: 
Carers services
Location: 
Whole UK
Date Revised: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 15:00
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The Carers Star helps services to assess carers’ quality of life and identify the support they need to continue caring. It also supports services to capture and evidence outcomes for carers and to engage carers in the process of change. Part of the family of Outcomes Star tools, it’s a tried and tested framework to assist services and commissioners in supporting carers more effectively.

How it works

The Carers Star is a holistic and collaborative tool, designed for use in services that support carers one-to-one over a period of time. It covers seven areas where carers often need support, including confidence in their caring role, balancing caring with work or time to relax, and finances.

Underpinning these scales is a ‘Journey of Change’ – five stages carers go through as they improve their lives, moving from ‘cause for concern’ up to ‘as good as it can be’. This gives a measure of progress, or distance travelled, and a set of manageable steps carers can take to become more independent.

Workers in services that support carers (both third sector and public sector) use the Carers Star at assessment and subsequent reviews to find out where a carer is on their journey and to plan appropriate actions to help them move up each scale.

All workers using the Carers Star need appropriate training and support to realise the benefits described below for commissioners, services and carers.

Supporting commissioners

The Carers Star helps local authority commissioners fulfil the requirements of the Care Act by providing a framework for effective assessment, action planning and review, combined with the ability to measure the impact of interventions in a way that is clear to everyone. It also supports services in undertaking preventative work with carers.

Carers Star data is easily collated using the Star Online web application or other IT systems, so services can report on outcomes for carers, examining both the big picture and the detail. Reports cover the key outcomes of interest to commissioners, using a consistent format and facilitating learning across different services.

Because the Carers Star is an integral part of assessment, support, planning and review, it doesn’t divert valuable resources from direct work with carers, making it popular with both workers and the people they support. It can also help improve the quality and consistency of support provided. 

“Not only is this a useful tool for assessment and identification of needs, its use over time can demonstrate to commissioners that they are getting the right outcomes from the services they fund.” 
Department of Health Green Paper, 2009

Supporting services

Workers and carers like the Star because it is simple to use, highly visual, holistic and focused on the reality of carers’ lives. Because it is collaborative, carers are engaged in their own process, rather than assessment being something ‘done to them’.

The completed Star gives a clear picture of carers’ needs and where they are on their journey, and helps to break change down into manageable steps so that support is more effective and better targeted.

For service managers, the collated Carers Star data provides information on carer outcomes to pinpoint good practice, gaps in provision or areas for improvement. Aggregated data can be used to compare services, and is also helpful in worker supervision.

Supporting carers

Carers complete the Carers Star in collaboration with a worker and plot their scores on a visual of the Carers Star, allowing them to see clearly where they are on their journey. The worker can then help the carer plan which areas to address and how.

At later meetings, worker and carer re-visit the Carers Star and get a clear picture of the progress that has been made and identify any further support needs.

Tried, tested and recommended

The Carers Star was developed by Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise in collaboration with Carers Trust and other carer organisations. Carers Trust secured funding from the Triangle Trust 1949 to develop a subsidised programme to roll out the adoption of the Carers Star across the The Carers Trust Network.

Outcomes Stars are widely used in the UK by voluntary organisations large and small, housing associations, NHS Foundation Trusts and local authorities, and have been backed by the Department of Health, the Big Lottery, NESTA, the National Social Inclusion Programme, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the London Housing Foundation, Homeless Link and the Mental Health Providers Forum, among others.

International interest in the Outcomes Star is also growing and it is used in several countries around the world. 

Further information

The Outcomes Star™ is a family of tools for supporting and measuring change when working with people. For more information, see www.outcomesstar.org.uk or email info@triangleconsulting.co.uk or call 020 7272 8765.

Carers Trust is a key collaborator on the Carers Star. For more information contact Carers Trust.

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Time to Think About You

Time to Think About You is a new resource which has been co-produced with The Health Innovation Network (HIN) in South London to help carers self-identify and access support.
Area of Care: 
Primary Care
Outcomes: 
Carer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health carePrimary careCarers services
I work with: 
Adult carersYoung adult carersYoung carersParent carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
Whole UK
Date Revised: 
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 14:15
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The Health Innovation Network and Carers Trust have worked with carers on Time to Think About You.

Time to Think About You is a project to encourage carers to be more aware of their own health, and the support available to them at their local GP and carers services.

We have developed a range of materials for this project, including a poster and prompt cards.

You can help us to raise awareness among carers by sharing these, putting them up in your workspaces, and giving them out to any carers you may know. 

Download the Time to think about you materials

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Supporting carers of people with dementia in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

A good practice example of working with carers of people with dementia from diverse communities by the Dementia Information and Support for Carers (DISC) service hosted by Sandwell Crossroads Birmingham
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthPhysical illnessSpecial education needsSpecialist servicesDay centreRehab CentreHospitalCare homesDementia care
Outcomes: 
Carer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health carePrimary careHospitalsMental health careHealth and wellbeingPharmacy ServicesCarers servicesCarers involvementCarers breaksInformation and adviceCommissioning for carersCommissioning
I work with: 
Adult carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adults
Location: 
Whole UK
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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 13:45
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DISC Dementia information and support for carers

The Disc Service was launched 11 years ago, it is hosted by Sandwell Crossroads and funded by Sandwell and West Birmingham, Cross City, South Central CCG’s, and Birmingham City Council through the Birmingham Bettercare Fund

The service originally operated in West Birmingham, but had funding extended to cover the entire Birmingham City Council area.

The service is focused on supporting carers from the diverse communities in the Birmingham area. The DISC service prides itself on being proactive in recruiting staff from local black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities who have both the language skills and understand the cultural sensitivities.

The service supports over 400 carers and offers Iiformation, advocacy and support for carers, though one-to-one contact and successful weekly information and support groups.

It also offers a signposting and referral service into other local statutory and voluntary sector services.

Examples of the type of help and support carers have receive:

  • Accessing respite
  • Liaising with district nurses, occupational therapists and social workers.
  • Continence advice and support.
  • Advice in managing changing and unusual behaviours.
  • Finding the right care such as day centres, care homes and care agencies.
  • Talking to the wider family.
  • Advice on benefits and carers' rights.
  • Information on the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Information on lasting power of attorney

DISC's strengths

  • Building relationships with carers over a long period of time.
  • Stepping in to offer support before a crisis develops.
  • Bridging the gap between clinical diagnosis and families coping alone.
  • Making carers feel welcome – 14 of them formally volunteer in supporting other carers.
  • Being led by carers, listening to carers and developing services to meet need.
  • Feeling passionate about the service.

Further information

For more information on the service contact Jo.Moon@sandwellcrossroads.org or visit the Sandwell Crossroads website.

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