Support for unpaid carers in Slough
Slough Borough Council works with a range of partner organisations to ensure Slough carers access information, advice and support.
If you, or a person you know, are caring for someone, there are a range of services available that can help. You can contact the council’s adult social care team on 01753 475111 or Slough Carers Support service on 01753 303428.
Visit the council's website for more information.
Slough Carers Support
Slough Carers Support offers a great range of free information, advice and access to support groups for all unpaid adult carers.
Their website also includes a wellbeing events calendar, digital resources for carers, and it signposts to other sources of support, for issues such as financial advice and training opportunities.
Slough Carers Support has also been working with local businesses in Slough and surrounding areas to offer savings and discounts for carers.
The aim of the Carers Card is to recognise the contribution unpaid carers make on a daily basis caring for a loved one.
The scheme, which was to launch on 7 March, has already got the support of Sama’s Boutique, offering 10 percent off treatments, and Out & About – offering 10 percent off the hire of scooters and aids or adaptations from Shopmobility.
Visit the Slough Carers Support website or call 01753 303428 to see the full range of support on offer or to register for the discount card.
Slough young carers
The young carers’ group provides fun, support and guidance to young people involved in a caring role.
The group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month from 1pm onwards at the YES shop, within the Queensmere shopping centre.
If you are aged between 11 and 19 and have a relative with an illness, disability, addiction or mental health condition - you are a young carer!
Each month the group does a different activity which could range from laser tag, bowling, cooking and art.
So far this year they have held the young carers’ awareness day on 25 January, followed by a focus group, pizza and games session with 12 young carers. They’ve also had the year’s first carers’ session.
Young carers’ coordinator Jemma Zaveri said: “This was a great success. We were able to plan out the year ahead.”
There are many more exciting events and activities planned for throughout the year.
Find more information on the young carers’ twitter page @sloughYC or call 07547 559050.
Support for carers of people with a mental health condition
Slough Community Mental Health Team and Slough Older People’s Mental Health Team (Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Slough Borough Council), understand the role of the carer is vital to our community’s health and wellbeing.
They want to help and support carers wherever they can, creating a therapeutic relationship between service user, carers and staff that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains wellbeing for all involved.
Carers, friends, and family members of those who use Slough’s community mental health services can access a variety of free information and advice, support and information groups, courses and activities, and carer forums.
If you care for someone with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, OCD, a psychotic disorder, personality disorder, or dementia, who is working with either of the above teams, please contact the carer support lead, Katie Thresher, for information on support available, carer assessments, and carer direct payments.
Call 01753 690950 Monday to Wednesday, or 01753 635220 Thursday and Friday, or email email@example.com.
Employers for Carers (EfC)
Slough Borough Council is committed to supporting working carers. It is a member of Employers for Carers (EfC), which is a service for employers wishing to support and retain the carers in their workforce. We are actively encouraging local businesses to be part of our ‘umbrella’ membership meaning businesses with fewer than 250 employees and health providers can access the EfC membership and resources for free.
One in nine people in every workplace is also looking after an older, ill, or disabled loved one, according to EfC. Without the right support one in six carers are forced to give up or cut back on work to care.
EfC, which is part of Carers UK, provides practical ‘hands on’ advice and support for employers.
This includes relevant legal information, practical case studies and template leaflets/workplace surveys; making connections with other employers and benefitting from peer support; and access to free Employers for Carers e-learning.
Practical resources, advice and information is available for both employers and employees online at the Employers for Carers website, register by using the membership code #EFC1769. For more information please contact Sally.Kitson@slough.gov.uk