Carers Count Kirklees
Who might need this: anyone providing unpaid help and support to a loved one due to illness or disability.
Our Carers Count services support adults who provide unpaid help and support to a loved one due to illness or disability.
We know that being a carer can impact your day-to-day life significantly. It can be both rewarding and isolating. You may be unable to work. Your own health can suffer as a result.
Our Carers Count service in Kirklees aims to promote the wellbeing of carers, so they can continue in their caring role and have a life of their own, by:
- Providing advice and information (including benefits advice)
- Running groups, activities and sessions
- Offering support and helping carers to support each other.
- Helping carers to find their voice and ensuring they are heard through the advocacy service and the Carers Network
- Delivering training
- Helping to raise awareness of carers rights and issues to the wider public.
The service also includes specialist provision for carers of people with mental health needs and/or drug and alcohol dependency. In addition to the above, this provision also provides:
- Carer breaks to support the person being cared for - including people with an early diagnosis of dementia - offering the opportunity for regular respite
- 1:1 support for carers to talk about how they are feeling, or to access support and information to help them as a carer
Here are some of the things we offer
Benefits - we can help with completing forms for Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children, Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA).
Carers Assessments - we can help to complete the form to access other support you may need.
Support & Practical Help - for both the carer and the person they care for.
Social groups and activities - for the carer and the person they care for. Our groups can help you to meet other people in a similar situation, share experiences and support.
Ongoing emotional support - after bereavement.
Whilst we cannot offer counselling services, we understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one who you have been caring for.
We also have a Carers Count service in Lancashire which provides:
- Advocacy for Carers under the Care Act
- Issue-based, non-statutory Advocacy for Adult Carers