Carers Rights Day

Thursday 26th November 2020

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for a while, we believe it is important you are aware of your rights and can access the support available to you, at the time, you may need it.

Know Your Rights, the theme for Carers Rights Day 2020, is about:
• making carers aware of their rights
• letting carers know where to get help and support
• raising awareness of the needs of carers

As unpaid carers, you need to know your rights wherever you are in your caring journey: whether you are in the workplace, in a healthcare setting, when interacting with professionals or, at home. We want to empower carers with information and support, so you can feel confident asking for what you need. We also want carers to know how to challenge things, if their rights are not being met.

Following COVID-19 guidance and regulations, our Carers Rights Day events will be provided online through Zoom. Should you require any IT support to help you access Zoom on your device, please contact us well in advance, as we may be able to help.

Thank you to all the carers and organisations who attended our online Carers Rights Day sessions. It was a very informative day where our facilitators were able to provide carers with the answers to their questions to assist them to ‘know their rights’.

For a list of the questions and answers that were asked throughout the day please click here.

BBC Radio Devon

We were very pleased to be able to raise awareness of unpaid carers with the help of BBC Radio Devon on Carers Rights Day, who kindly offered to run interviews throughout the day.

Breakfast with Gordon Sparks where our Awareness & Peer Support Manager Suzie Walters-Jefferies spoke about the importance of Carers Rights Day.

Mid-Morning with Pippa Quelch Devon Carers Volunteer Carer Ambassador Tony Bartlett talked about his caring experience, the support he has accessed through Devon Carers, and how he now supports others in similar situations.

Afternoons with Michael Chequer where carer Alison chats about balancing her caring role with paid employment. She was joined by our Head of Carers Services Billy Hartstein.

Our carers help us to shape our service and in order for us to provide information days such as this, we would really appreciate receiving your feedback on what worked well and what we could consider including in the future. Please email your comments to online@devoncarers.org.uk.

Please click the image below to download the programme of events.

Care Act 2014

My right to a Carers Assessment

Education

Rights at work

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