Over 25 Years of Supporting Carers
We are a Leicestershire based charity and dedicated to supporting family carers across the diverse population of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who look after people with different needs.
In Leicestershire there are over 105,000 family carers and we help over 3,000 carers every year. As a highly valued organisation we receive many referrals from GPs, social workers, health professionals, police and other charitable organisations. We offer a range of free services to help both practically and emotionally.
By giving family carers ongoing dedicated support we can help them cope with their situations within their own homes. Our work makes a huge difference to carers struggling to cope with disabled and critically ill loved ones.
- Enhance the quality of life of carers and their families
- Empower carers to maximise their rights and entitlements
- Raise public awareness of carers and their needs
- Raise awareness of the value of carers and their contribution to society
- To become a recognised centre of excellence
Carers provide ongoing support to a relative, friend or neighbour who, due to ill health, long term condition or disability cannot manage without their help. Carers can be any age or sex, from all backgrounds and communities.
Caring responsibilities can include providing personal care (washing, bathing, dressing, feeding), cooking, housework, shopping, managing finances, helping with medication and injections, as well as providing emotional and social support. Carers are not paid for providing help, although some may be eligible for benefits.
The Carers Centre is run by a Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are carers or former carers. Currently, all of our staff are carers or former carers.
At the Centre we define advocacy very simply. We believe that advocacy helps people to speak up for themselves, or that an advocate will speak up on behalf of an individual. Read More
Over 60% of family carers are likely to suffer from back injury as a direct result of poor moving and handling techniques. While care staff are protected by law and entitled to receive training, family carers often do not receive the same protection. The Carers Centre is now offering FREE moving and handling training to family carers. Read More
The Carers Centre has access to a wide range of information and can help you with information about social care and health services, carers rights, and a range of other information.
Consulting with carers is a crucially important aspect of The Carers Centre’s existence and its future development. We aim to give carers a voice in the way our services are run and in the development of new services. Read More
Don’t get scammed!
A new scam is doing the rounds. Carer Brian told us: ‘I received a phone call recorded message saying that HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) is filing a law suit against you. The instructions told me to press 1 for a case officer. They told me I’d underpaid tax between 1995 and 2005 and owed them £1,537. Read More