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Carers rights day

Information Event for Carers in Northumberland

At a time of rising living costs, salary freezes and job losses many families are struggling across the UK but families affected by illness and disability can be the hardest hit.  They often struggle with the additional costs of caring for a loved-one and lost earnings; and now face the risk of cuts to essential services and benefits.  These tough times mean that it has never been more important for carers to know their rights, and access all the support available to them. 

Carers Rights Day is about getting carers the information and advice they need.  Carers Rights Day this year is on Friday 30th November 2012 and the theme is ‘Getting Help in Tough Times’, focusing on helping carers find financial help, get a helping hand and make the most of technology.

Local charity Carers Northumberland supports those providing unpaid care to sick, ill or disabled relatives, friends or neighbours.  Carers Northumberland is holding an information event for carers from across the county at Stannington Village Hall on Friday 30th November from 10:00am till 3:00pm.

Ian Lavery MP for Wansbeck will be opening the event.  Carers attending will hear from guest speakers Michele O’Brien, Adult Services’ Carers and Partnerships Manager from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; who will talk about Carers Assessments and getting a helping hand.  Meg Kirby from the charity Legacare will be there too, to talk about financial planning and wills.  There will be workshops focusing on finding financial help and making the most of technology.

Anyone living in Northumberland who is a carer is welcome to attend.  Please contact Carers Northumberland on 0844 800 7354 or info@carersnorthumberland.org.uk

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