Practical Support for Carers in Our Area
Church Street Medical Centre - RCGP Caring About Carers award 2014 Winners
At Church Street Medical Centre we make every effort to ensure that carers are given as much support and information as possible, with drop in sessions in the practice and monthly support sessions at St Mary's Church lounge, Eastwood which is jointly run with Church Walk Surgery, Hama Medical Centre and the Local Carers Federation. If you are a carer or look after someone then please let us know and consider attending our drop in carer sessions in practice and/or attend our friendly carer group at St Mary's Church lounge in Eastwood.
The carers Champion at Church Street Medical Centre is Diane Rowley.
The practice drop in sessions will take place on a no-appointment basis
Carers Information booklet
NHS Choices Videos
Did You Know
You are a carer if you provide help or support to a partner, parent, son, daughter, other relative, friend or neighbour who, due to disability, frailty, illness and/or vulnerability, cannot manage in the community without another's help.
Carers can be any age and need not necessarily live in the same house as the person they care for. They may be in receipt of carer's allowance/premium but otherwise undertake caring without payment.
There are approximately 12,000-13,000 carers living in the area. A significant proportion of these carers remain hidden, unaware of their entitlement to services and benefits. Your practice is actively identifying carers and encouraging them to get the support they need.
We can help with:
- Referrals to other agencies who are able to provide practical help, such as Social Services, benefits agencies, counselling service, local sitting service for breaks etc
- Offer information and up-to-date news regarding carers' issues
- A listening ear for carers
The carer support and information workers are very interested to hear carers' views and experiences.