Solihull Council and Carers Trust Solihull are encouraging young people and adults who look after a family member or friend to join them for an information event at the Council’s Civic Suite on Wednesday 23 November from 4:30 to 7pm.
The event has been organised by Carers Trust Solihull to coincide with Carers’ Rights Day (24 November) and will focus on practical support for carers with the cost of living and energy bills this winter. It will involve staff from Community Advice Hubs, Citizens Advice, Carers Trust Solihull, Solihull Council and the NHS.
Cllr Tony Dicicco, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “This information event is a great example of organisations coming together in Solihull to support carers. And it reflects the ambitions in the new Carers Strategy, to ensure we offer carers advice and support on a range of topics including welfare, health, education and employment.”
Cllr Michael Gough, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, continued: “We know that many people still don’t identify themselves as carers but refer to themselves as simply doing what a parent /daughter /husband /sibling /good neighbour would do. We want to encourage carers of all ages to recognise their vital role and come along to find out about the support available in Solihull.”
Brandon Scott-Omenka, Chief Executive of Carers Trust Solihull, said: “Carers have already shared worries about whether they can afford to put the heating on or power electrical medical equipment for the person they care for as the bills go up.
“Please join us at the Civic Suite and find out about the initiatives and support available to help you over the winter. We’ll also be promoting information and advice on Carers Rights Day itself.”
Visit the Carers Trust Solihull website www.solihullcarers.org for full details or call Carers Trust Solihull on 0121 788 1143. Information for carers is also available on the Council website at www.solihull.gov.uk/carers
There are an estimated 28,000 carers in Solihull, providing unpaid support to a family member or friend because of illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or addiction. Carers Trust Solihull is commissioned by the Council to provide support and advice as well as helping carers to keep connected.