As an unpaid Carer, you have rights.
Essex Carers Support is here to offer help and support for anyone in a caring role.
In Essex there are an estimated 145,000 people providing care and support for a friend or family member who needs help with everyday life.
In November, we encouraged everyone to find out about their rights to commemorate Carers Rights Day.
You have a right to a break
Everyone needs a break sometimes, and as an unpaid Carer you have a right to some time for yourself. We offer one-off 'Time 4 You' grants of up to £100 to enable you to do something of your own choosing.
You have a right to receive a Carers Assessment
Essex County Council may be able to offer you some support in your role as a Carer. They find out how they can do this by carrying out assessments.
You can have an assessment on your own, or with the person you care for. Contact Adult Social Care to request a Carers Assessment by emailing Carers.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0345 603 7630. They also have a Textphone option on 0345 758 5592.
You have a right to be identified as a Carer at the GP
You can ask your GP to identify you as a Carer on your patient record. This means you may be called forward for Flu jabs or other health campaigns. Check your GP website to see if they have an online form where you can register yourself as Carer. If not, Carers UK have created a handy template letter.
You have a right to be supported at work
Working while being an unpaid Carer can be difficult at times, but you do have rights in the workplace and your employer has a legal duty to offer you support.
Carers UK have a webpage dedicated to your rights in work, including topics such as requesting flexible working hours and taking time off in emergencies.
About Carers Rights Day
Essex Carers Support is one of hundreds of groups in communities across the UK who took part in Carers Rights Day, which was on Thursday 25 November 2021.
Carers Rights Day is an annual national awareness campaign organised by the charity Carers UK, which aims to reach as many of the 6.5 million carers in the UK as possible with information about their rights and the financial and practical help they are entitled to, including benefits such as Carer’s Allowance, breaks, and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role. This year's Carers Rights Day campaign will focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers, and it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of what they have the right to.