Support for carers in Slough
The council has been working alongside Slough Carers Support to improve the lives of carers living in Slough.
From online resources to social groups, news, discounts and wellbeing support, there are a number of forms of support you can access if you’re a carer in Slough.
Carers UK estimate 6.5 million people living in the UK today are carers. That’s one in eight adults who are caring, unpaid, for family or friends; or around 12,000 carers living in Slough alone.
This could be a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or is affected by mental health or substance misuse. It includes young people under 18 who may be caring at home.
Providing care for another person can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. But there can also be times when people who care find themselves struggling.
Dr Jim O’Donnell, Locality Lead Slough, East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Carers are often so focused on the person they care for they forget to look after themselves, to recognise they are carers, or to realise the help and support that is available to them locally. Individuals to whom we owe so much end up going without the help we can provide.”
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We value our carers in Slough and thank them for the amazing work they do. The council will continue to do everything we can to support them to look after their own health and wellbeing. We’ve put this offer together with our carers so there’s something here for everyone to use or take part in. We’re always open to new ideas and will continue to evolve this programme as we continue listening to the needs of our carers in the community.”
Read on for more information about the support available to carers in Slough, or get in touch on the numbers below for a more detailed assessment of your needs.
- If you’re caring for an adult, contact Slough Borough Council Adult Social Care Team on 01753 475111.
- If you’re caring for a disabled child, please contact Slough Children’s Services Trust on 01753 875362.
- If you’re a young person providing care, please contact Young People’s Services on 01753 875510.
Slough Carers Support
Slough Carers Support is a free service that believes being a carer should not be a barrier to leading a fulfilling life. Being a carer is often a juggling act between work and other demands; you might find you don’t have time for yourself or your own health is suffering as a result. Whatever your situation, they are here to support you on your journey.
Staying informed – Stay up-to-date on all the latest initiatives and developments via our newsletters and alerts.
Discount card – Sign-up for a free card with exclusive discounts for carers in Slough. Up to 50% off at cafes, restaurants, gyms and more. We thank the businesses involved already and invite more businesses to come forward and offer discounts for carers.
Health and wellbeing – Register to be signposted to practical and emotional support through workshops and online resources.
Social networks – You can connect with others living locally who find themselves in a similar place to you.
Register now on the Slough Carers Support website.
There are a number of groups in Slough that support carers in the community.
- Asian Carers. Provides an opportunity for Asian carers to get together to socialise and receive advice and information. Meetings on the first Thursday of every month, between 1.30-3pm at Upton Lea Community Centre. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cippenham Carers. Meet new people over a cup of tea and seated exercise. Runs every third Wednesday of the month, from 1-3pm, at Cippenham Baptist Church. For more information, contact email@example.com.
- Meet and Mingle. Group working to empower women living in Slough, run a carers group for female carers. For more information, visit the Meet and Mingle website.
- Slough Young Carers. Group for young carers, running at 1pm, on the fourth Saturday of the month, at the YES Shop in the Queensmere shopping centre. For more information, visit the YES website.
- Special Voices. A group for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs. Join them for meetings or coffee mornings. For more information, visit the Special Voices website.
Digital resources for carers
Slough Borough Council has joined forces with Carers UK to offer support to carers online. Access training and resources around financial planning, working and caring, and health and wellbeing, or sign-up to designated caring app ‘Jointly’.
To find out more visit the Carers UK website and create a new account using the code DGTL4366.
Employers of carers
Slough Borough Council is a member of Carers UK’s Employers for Carers forum. Employers for Carers supports employers by providing practical advice, training and support to develop carer-friendly policies and practice.
Organisations in Slough can sign up to Employers for Carers and use our membership code #EFC1769.