It's been a long time since I've posted really. You've all certainly been busy - congrats to all those expecting once more!
I've just started working part time for my local Carers Information Service. Out of the office for 3yrs so very odd at the moment.
However, I'm hoping that you may be able to provide some valuable info/feedback. We are specifically trying to target parent carers to register with us as the majority of our service users are 50+.
Are any of you registered with your local carers office? If so, do you find it helpful?
I would really appreciate any comments you may have or even questions. I live in the Wrexham area and I don't believe anybody else on this site does. However, you probably all have a local office yourselves.
Hi marie , i have been registered with my local carers office for years ( registered when my son was 'bout 15 ) they have always sent me literature & info 'bout events but nothing ever really struck me as being anyuse to me as a parent carer. But I recently met a new member of their team a lady who had recently been appointed to liase with carers of people with learning difficulties , she was very interersted to hear how i felt the carers liason could support parent carers. so hopefully once she's done all her visits & pulls together all the comments & info things may move forwrd in this area. x Susan
No - just cos you work doesn't mean your not caring for Daniel. You're still a carer. I'm not sure but every local area has a carers office or carers liason project or some such name, but they're generally aimed at peopel who care for adults esp alzheimers, physical disabilities etc.- not usually the learning disabled or whatever the current correct term is .
Thanks for replies. A lot of parents don't class themselves as carers even those claiming Carers Allowance. You're just a mum or dad!
I've always received info from my office but the events tended to be aimed at over 50's and I just didn't fit in. I raised this with them and next thing you know I got myself a job.
I'm targeting parents at the moment through hospital sources, special schools and am hoping that more parents are going to register. Once they're receiving the info we'll be able to point them in all sorts of directions for help/advice/grants etc.
So for all those on here who haven't registered with a Carers Service just visit www.carers.org they will highlight your local office. Good luck!
Hiya Maz, I'm not even classed as a carer even though I am on an 'unpaid' career break from work to look after Jasmine full time. I think I need to apply again now my mat leave is finished and see what happens.