National Carers' Rights Day this Friday in Greenwich
By JulieGK | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 20:03
The Royal Borough of Greenwich wants to make sure that all carers in the borough get help and support in their caring role.
There are a range of services to assist carers in the borough. These include a benefits advice line that residents can ring for advice and information about benefits, both for themselves and the person they are looking after.
Many carers miss out on extra weekly income because they do not know that they can claim. The benefit system is complex and can be difficult to understand and there are also regular changes to benefit rules – so make sure you don't miss out.
To find out if you are missing out on extra help, call the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Welfare Rights Service on 020 8921 6375 (or 18001 020 8921 6375 for textphone users).
Last year, the service identified over £795,000 in additional benefits for local carers.
There are also other support services for carers:
- Jobcentre Plus provides extra support for carers who want to move into paid employment. In some cases this can include funding for respite care while the carer undertakes training – contact Jobcentre Plus on 020 8271 5676 and ask for a carer's appointment at your local office
- the Royal Borough provides a full range of additional services for carers. For example, if you provide substantial care for someone else you can ask for a carers' assessment. This will look at help you need in your caring role. Call 020 8921 2304 for more information
- Greenwich Carers Centre is a service for all carers living in Greenwich and those who care for someone living in the borough. Contact them on 020 8301 8677 or visit the Greenwich Carers website for more information.