A recent report stated that the value of all the care provided for free in the UK is £132 billion. That is more money than is spent on the NHS and more than a fifth of the entire UK Government spending.
So when we say we think carers are great, we really mean it!
It’s not just the monetary value of their services, of course. Carers bring happiness, relief and dignity to millions of people all over Wales and the UK, and November 20th is Carers Rights Day where organisations come together to remind carers that there is support available to them too.
At Diverse Cymru, we have a number of services that could help improve the well-being of carers.
When people think of being assessed by social services to get extra support they mainly think of disabled and older people, who make up the majority of recipients. However, the emotional and physical effect of caring can also be supported.
Social workers are encouraged to be imaginative in thinking about the ways direct payments might be used and carers have been awarded them to pay for:
- taxi fares
- mobile phones
- gym club membership
- leisure classes
- training courses
- driving lessons
- help with housework or gardening
(List from Carers UK website)
You are entitled to contact your Local Authority’s Social Services team for an assessment, or if you are in Cardiff you can call us for advice on 029 2036 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you spend 35 hours or more a week caring for someone, you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance. This currently stands at £62.10 a week and can help with the expenses of caring. However, this can have an effect on other benefits you may be entitled to or the benefits of the person you’re caring for so we suggest you seek advice before applying.
If you are in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan or Bridgend you can contact Diverse Cymru for free, impartial support on 029 2036 8888 or email email@example.com.
The Co-Creating Healthy Change Project helps people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to share their views about health, social care and well-being services with the people who run them. It works with under-represented groups, which includes carers, who have an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and can be experts in how services can meet people’s needs. We want to make sure that this knowledge is being utilised by health and social care services when services are designed.
We understand that the reason that carers voices can get lost is because they’re busy caring, so we will do what we can to help them participate, including covering the costs of replacement care offering travel expenses, and linking them up with other support services.