Carers Awareness Week (11-17th June 2018) :: Healthwatch Darlington
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Carers Awareness Week (11-17th June 2018)

13/06/2018

Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. 

You can seek support from Darlington Carers Support via Telephone- 003000301215 Email admin@darlingtoncarers.org or via their Website: www.dccarers.org 

What is Carer Support? 

One to one support, advice and information to anyone caring for someone in Darlington.  Their service is confidential, non-judgemental and impartial.  Their Carer Support Co-ordinators can offer you a home or office visit, or somewhere else.  They can offer telephone or email contact if that suits you better.  The first visit is an opportunity for you to get to know about the services out there for you and the person you care for and for them to find out about your caring role.  This will help them to understand and support you now and in the future. Their aim is to ensure you have all the information and advice you need to make the choices you need to. 

Darlington Carers is a new service which commenced on the 1st of May 2017 they offer full support to all adult carers living within the  Darlington area this support can cover : 

  • Specialist advice and information 

  • Home visits offering one to one support 

  • Practical help with completing forms, grants and other funding, step by step guidance notes for Pip and DLA  

  • A listening ear and telephone support 

  • Counselling Service  

  • Opportunity to meet other carers a number of carers groups  

  • Signposting to other services which may be of benefit 

  • Ensuring carers Have an opportunity to have their voices heard 

  • Finding ways through the maze of services 

  • Carers discount card  

  • Events/training courses  

  • Access to funding to help carers take a break from their caring role  

  • Along with regular newsletter giving information about services and support available to carers. 

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What is Healthwatch Darlington?

Healthwatch Darlington Limited is an independent consumer champion for health and social care in Darlington. The organisation helps to shape and improve local health and social care in our community. Healthwatch Darlington Limited is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping and designing local services.

Contact Details

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01325 380145 (Landline)
07525237723 (Textphone)

By E-mail:
info@healthwatchdarlington.co.uk

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