Coronavirus Help & Support
The Carers Centre is still here for you
Currently our staff are all working from home but our helplines are still open if you need support, advice or information.
Our phone line is open: 0116 2510999
email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are updating this website with information and useful advice including on the latest local lockdown for Leicester and the surrounding areas. Please go to our dedicated Corona Virus Information page to view http://claspthecarerscentre.org.uk/?page_id=1589
We are also putting up regular updates and useful information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Carers-Centre-Leicestershire-and-Rutland-427089887348799/
To coincide with Carers Week, we released a report ‘Carers in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland during the Covid-19 crisis’ which covers some of the issues carers have been facing during the lockdown. This can be read here http://claspthecarerscentre.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Carers-in-LLR-during-the-Covid-19-crisis.pdf
Carers Groups & Activities
Although we are unable to provide face to face services whilst the lockdown continues, we have a regular programme of weekly events, training and support groups taking place during July. These include:
- HealthWatch Q&A session
- Self Help Support Groups – Adults and Parent Carers
- Dementia Awareness Workshop
- Mindfulness – weekly sessions
- Singing for Wellbeing
- Crafty Carers
- Applying for PIP – top tips
Please see our latest newsletter http://claspthecarerscentre.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Carers-Centre-newsletter-July-2020.pdf
or go to our Facebook page (via the Facebook link above) or contact us for more details. All services are free of charge and open to all carers. If you would like to join in with any of activities please contact us and we will arrange for all the details of how to join. All you will need is either a smart phone or laptop/PC with internet access. We will do the rest!
Although all of our fundraising events have been cancelled we are finding we are needed more then ever so we are busy applying for grants to enable us to continue to offer a range of services. Please see our FaceBook page via the link above or contact us directly for information about our how to support our fundraising efforts.
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.
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