Do you look after a family member, friend who needs help because of illness, age, disability or addiction?
We know that being a carer can be an incredibly rewarding experience. We also know it is not always the easiest role. It requires a great deal of time, energy and devotion.
Worcestershire Association of Carers’ friendly and experienced carer pathway team is here to help you. They offer a range of practical and emotional support services to help you in your caring role. WAC work within a huge network of organisations and charities throughout Worcestershire. If they can’t help with a specific problem, they know someone who can!
Worcestershire Association of Carers’ services:
- Helpline 0300 012 4272 (open 9am – 7pm Mon-Fri and 9am – 12pm Saturdays)
- FREE practical training to support you in your caring role
- Legal, financial and benefits sessions – helps carers make appropriate arrangements
- Dedicated carer website
- Caring News newsletter – full of useful information, events and local and national carer news
- Carers Emergency Card Scheme – ensures that people know you are caring for someone in an accident or emergency situation
- Carer Support Groups – monthly meetings across the county, offering peer to peer support for carers
- Carers Unlimited – offering opportunities to meet other carers, share experiences, reduce loneliness and isolation
Caring for someone who is nearing the end of life brings its own set of practical and emotional needs. Worcestershire Association of Carers has a dedicated End of Life Team that work closely with local hospices to ensure holistic support is available.
What people have said:
“Jay helped me through a confusing and worrying period.”
“Unstinting help, you helped me through a maze of confusion for which I will be always thankful.”
“Jay has helped me so much, given me sound advice, and referred me to various people to help with my anxiety caring for my terminally ill husband. She is a credit to Worcestershire Carers association, and help she gives Primrose Hospice. I consider myself lucky to have her on the end of phone or in person when I need advice or help.”
We always want to hear from people interested in shaping services and a passion for providing carer feedback on behalf of other carers so please get in touch. For more information, visit www.carersworcs.org.uk.