We are supporting Carers' Rights Day

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We are supporting Carers’ Rights Day this Friday.

The council and health and social care organisations are supporting Carers’ Rights Day this Friday, November 24, by highlighting the latest official seal of approval to the Carers’ Dignity Charter.

Launched by Mayor John Biggs and unpaid carers earlier this year, the Carers’ Dignity Charter highlights how carers will be supported to continue to look after family members and friends whilst being able to lead a better quality of life outside of their caring role.

Simon Hall, Acting Chief Officer, Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has become the latest to sign up to the Carers’ Dignity Charter, making a commitment to the thousands of unpaid carers in the borough.

The latest endorsement coincides with Carers’ Rights Day, an annual event, which brings organisations across the UK together to help carers in their community know their rights and find out how to get the help, and support they are entitled to.

Simon Hall said: “Tower Hamlets CCG is proud to support the Carers’ Dignity Charter as we recognise the value that carers add to the local health system and as commissioners we want to ensure that carers get the recognition and support they need to live well in Tower Hamlets.”

Cllr Denise Jones Cabinet Member for Health and Adult services said: "Carers’ Rights Day highlights how important it is for carers to trust that support is available to enable them to take time off to benefit their own health. We welcome the latest endorsement of the Carers’ Dignity Charter, which ensures that carers can ask for and receive support in their own right as individuals.”

Neil Hardy, director, The Carers Centre, Tower Hamlets said: “We absolutely believe that carers have been and continue to be an asset to Tower Hamlets and we have long known that individuals who provide unpaid care to a family member or friend also have a right to be supported in enjoying a good quality of life both within and outside of their caring role. 

We welcome the latest endorsement, especially as it coincides with Carers’ Rights Day, although every day for us is a Carers’ Rights Day as daily we work hard to reach out to carers to be informed about their rights and to find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.”

Unpaid carers designed the charter with support from the council. It sets out standards for:

  • Recognising unpaid carers;
  • Supporting carers to live a life alongside their caring role;
  • Supporting carers to stay healthy;

Supporting carers to reach and realize their own potential

View the Carers' Dignity Charter here.

If you care for someone and would like to find out more about your rights and how to get advice and support, contact www.carerscentretowerhamlets.org.uk or visit The Carers Centre at 21 Brayford Square, Stepney E1 0SG.

Posted on Thursday 23rd November 2017